Frustration continues for Warriors

2014-01-17 00:00

CAPE TOWN — For the second match in succession Zimbabwe were left frustrated as they played to yet another goalless draw.

The Warriors were held by a stubborn Ugandan side in their Caf Championship of African Nations (Chan) Group B encounter at the Athlone Stadium yesterday afternoon.

Zimbabwe had played to a 0-0 draw against Morocco on Sunday afternoon at the same venue and will be worried with their toothless strike force. The match started off with both sides equally seeing a lot of the ball but lacking creativity and killer instincts in the last third of the field. Ian Gorowa’s men had the better of the exchanges in the first stanza.

The opening goal of the match should have been in the 20th minute when Ali Sadiki was denied at close range by Ugandan keeper Benjamin Ochan. The midfielder’s diving header was well saved by Ochan.

In the 35th minute the Warriors attacked the Cranes’ defence when Ncube provided a quality cross from the left flank that found the intended target of Sadiki, but the midfielder could only direct his header wide of goal with the keeper at his mercy.

With the first drawing to a close, the southern African nation had their best chance at going 1-0 up when Simba Sithole skilfully forced his way into the Uganda goalmouth from the right flank, beat defender Richard Kassanga and unexpectedly forced a save from Ochan who dived to his near post to stop a stinging right footed low shot.

Zimbabwe will certainly be unhappy with this point after dominating their second match in succession but with no maximum points gained, while the Cranes will be satisfied with a draw after a win in their opening match.

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