Harare, June 05, 2016 – THE Zimbabwe Warriors have qualified for the 2017 African Nations Cup in Gabon with a 3-0 routing of Malawi at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
A Knowledge Musona penalty kick and a superb strike by predatory midfielder Khama Billiat in the first half was followed with a Cuthbert Malajila header late into the encounter to seal an historic campaign for the Kalisto Pasuwa coached outfit.
With fellow contenders Guinea going down to Swaziland by a goal to nil in Mbabane, this meant Zimbabwe have now amassed 11 points from a largely successful campaign.
Swaziland is second with 8 points.
Guinea has had a poor campaign by its own lofty standards finishing the penultimate stage of the qualifiers with 5 points.
Malawi anchor the four nation table with 2 points from their campaign so far.
Goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva was hardly troubled by a bustling Malawian side which saw most of its goal attempts fly off target.
The Warriors squad was the better side of the afternoon especially in the first half in which exciting Golden Arrows star Kuda Mahachi made forays into Malawian territory.
The second half saw the Warriors take a defensive approach and played the better part of the half battling to defend a 2 goal lead until substitute Malajila came in with a tricky header to make it 3.
The victory ignited wild scenes of celebrations from thousands of Warriors fans who braved the chilly weather to watch Sunday’s match.
By qualifying, the Willard Katsande captained squad becomes the third generation of Warriors to qualify for the continent’s premier soccer showcase.
The final match would be in September with the Warriors travelling to Guinea for a dead rubber match.
- Radio VOP