10 July 2017
. . . as Chidzambwa hails players
HISTORY-MAKING Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwa guided the Warriors to a fifth Cosafa Castle Cup title on Sunday, a record for the tournament.
The Warriors put up a dominant display, especially in the second half to win 3-1 against their northern neighbours.
In winning his THIRD Cosafa title as Warriors coach, Mhofu took Zimbabwe ahead of Zambia and South Africa who are on four titles each.
To cap a historic tournament, captain Ovidy Karuru claimed the Topscorer award with six goals while striker Knox Mutizwa was crowned player-of-the-tournament for his decisive goals in the last three matches for the Warriors.
Knox Mutizwa put The Warriors in front with a looping header after capitalising on Zambian goalkeeper’s mistake.
However, the Zambians levelled matters before the breather through Lubinda Mumbia.
The Warriors came back with an inspired second half performance that saw on-fire Talent Chawapihwa restoring the lead in the 56th minute before Ocean Mushure sealed the lead with the third.
The Warriors are now on top with a record five championships ahead of Zambia and South Africa who have four each.
After the match, Mhofu thanked God for the success.
“Like I said before, I haven’t lost a match (at Cosafa) and the winning streak continues. I am happy with this group because no one gave us a chance from the onset. From the previous tournaments, we had enough time to prepare unlike this time. We had two days of training at home before the tournament. I want to that God for this group of players who have been fighting from the first day. These guys played well and I want everyone to enjoy the victory,” he said.
Chidzambwa added, “For today it was a question of who took their chances. We took our chances and scored. I can’t take anything away from them but the Zambians gave us a run in the first half. I can’t take all the glory. It’s for the Zimbabwean family and the players and everyone must enjoy it,” he said.
He added: “Going forward we were good but we were erratic with our defence. We need to correct such mistakes in the future.”
Zambian coach Wedson Nyirenda said Zimbabwe wanted it more.
“I knew we were going to meet in the finals because we have been following them from the group stages.
Zanaco and Zesco players were missing in action and they make up half of the team. We continue learning and believing that we will come right,” he said.