Zimbabwe coach ‘hurt’ by defeat

2014-01-30 12:03

Ian Gorowa said he was hurt by Zimbabwe’s African Nations Championship exit after dominating their semifinal tie against Libya at Free State Stadium.

The Warriors lost 5-4 on sudden-death penalties yesterday.

“We should not have allowed the game to get there,” said Gorowa.

“There were no clear-cut chances but we did not utilise the few opportunities that we created.

“I’m disappointed because we didn’t utilise our chances and when you go to penalties, it’s always a lottery.

“Libya wanted to slow down the game and it was a good tactic that worked for them. If you look at the game, they didn’t really give us any problem and hoped to catch us with a counterattack.”

Zimbabwe missed four penalties – by Milton Ncube, Ali Sadiki, Simba Sithole and Peter Moyo.

The side’s keeper, George Chigova, also managed to pull off two saves from the spot kicks that kept them in the contest.

But fortune favoured the north Africans, who will now play Ghana in the competition final at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

“They played very well and didn’t give us a chance to play,” admitted Libya coach Javier Clemente. “I’m very happy to have won this game because they were definitely better than us.”

Zimbabwe will now take on the Nigerian Super Eagles in the bronze medal match, also in Cape Town, on Saturday.

The tournament organisers will be hoping for an entertaining final between the Black Stars and Libya with the two sides having played out a dull and conservative 1-1 draw in their Group C encounter, earlier in the competition.

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