Monday, August 23, 2004

Zim dismiss Uganda

By Mtulisi Mafa (The Herald)
Zimbabwe …........................................................................... (1) 2

Uganda …................................................................................ (0) 0

WARRIORS recorded their second win in four days when they dismissed the Cranes with goals from Mtshumayeli Moyo and Railstars’ wonderboy Njabulo "JB" Ncube at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

The Warriors beat Botswana 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Barbourfields.

But the victory could probably be what coach Rahman Gumbo wouldn’t go about celebrating because it was more like a game of chess without the real pieces.

It was Gumbo’s second victory with local players but he faces hectic days ahead as he will ponder on the benefits of the two international friendlies.

The match took off to a quick start with the Warriors swarming the Cranes area within the first 10 minutes and Mtshumayeli Moyo sending a real chance just wide with a first time short.

Highlanders midfielder Honour Gombami came through two minutes on after a good move involving Moyo and Ronald Sibanda but his rising shot flew over the bar.

The Cranes were struggling to keep possession at this stage and Warriors enjoyed more possession outside their own half.

And CAPS United winger, Raymond Undi was having another good day wide on the left channel, gliding past the Cranes’ defence and whipping good crosses into the area.

Undi’s good crosses were, however, not met with the same excellency by the forward line, with Motor Action striker Musa Mguni spurning too many chances.

Moyo shot the hosts ahead in the 18th minute after some good work by Raymond Undi and Highlanders’ Ralph Matema.

Undi roasted Abubaker Tabala on the left and picked out Matema with a precise cross inside the area.

Matema swiftly turned, struck a shot that crashed against the post and Moyo ghosted in to scramble in the rebound.

Matema woke up from an early slumber and showed real intent on scoring and in the 22nd minute his powerful overhead kick just whistled past the upright.

Uganda finally came out of their shell two minutes later and could have surged ahead after a lapse in concentration in the Warriors central defence allowed striker Martin Muwanga enough room inside the area.

With goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini heavily exposed, Muwanga missed the glorious chance, from about three metres.

The Cranes had a chance to level eight minutes from the break when poor communication at the back gifted Geoffrey Sserunkuna with a clear sight at goal.

The Cranes’ striker powered a right-footer that drew the best out of Kapini who cleared the danger with a good reflex to punch the ball out for a corner.

Warriors coach Rahman Gumbo dragged off Mguni at the break and threw in Shabanie Mine striker Patrick Mandizha, who wasted no time in getting down to the main business of the day.

Mandizha picked the ball in the centre a minute after resumption and raced towards goal through the middle before powering a low shot that Cranes’ goalkeeper Posnet Omony did well to gather.

The SC Villa goalkeeper, however, could not carry on after that save as he got injured in the process and was replaced by Mugisha Ibrahim.

The match then fizzled into a big yawn though the Warriors showed some conviction in their build-ups.

The Cranes chances were scarce on the afternoon but the Warriors had so many but they just could not convert.

There was hope, however, when Shabanie Mine utility player Method Mwajali was sent on for CAPS United captain David Sengu.

Mwanjali brought life on the right channel as he picked the balls deep in his half then driving forward with sufficient conviction.

On one such occasion in the 66th minute, he raced down on the right and picked out "JB" Ncube in the box and the Railstars dangerman sliced in the second from close range.

It was his second international goal in two games and the Warriors went to sleep after his goal.

Gumbo will probably carry out a serious evaluation in the next couple of days especially when the foreign contingent arrive this week.

Teams:

Zimbabwe: T Kapini; D Sengu (M Mwanjali 58th minute); C Chimedza; J Matola; H Dick; H Gombami; R Sibanda;M Moyo (F Chandida 62nd minute);R Matema (N Ncube 55th minute);M Mguni (P Mandizha 46th minute); R Undi ( C Matawu 74th minute).

Uganda: P Omony (I Magishar 47th minute); T Ojuba; S Masaba; E Ssali; B Timothy; J Kabayambo; J Bogoo; M Muwanga; G Sserunkuna; A Tabala