26 June 2017
. . . as assistant referee minimise damage
MOZAMBIQUE had the assistant referee to thank at the ongoing Cosafa Castle Cup as they limited the Warriors to four goals in their group B opener.
Television replays show Knox Mutizwa and Raphael Manuvire efforts should have been allowed to stand for a 6-0 victory.
Captain Ovidy Karuru, who was also voted man-of-the-match, grabbed a brace; Ocean Mushure scored a brilliant free-kick while Herentals striker Blessing Majariri grabbed the fourth goal.
Seychelles and Madagascar complete the group.
Karuru believes they should have scored more goals.
“It was a message from the coach because for a tournament like this you need goals because you never know. Maybe we will lose and they will win. Yaah we missed a lot of chances and I should have scored a hat trick,” said Karuru.
The skillful midfielder is making a fight back to the top, having been called up for the last AFCON qualifier and made an appearance from the bench.
“It always feels good to score for the national team. This is my second game playing for the national team after a long time not playing for the national team.
“I’m very happy for what I did for my country and I’m hoping to score more goals,” he said.
Coach Sunday Chidzambwa admitted they should have scored more than four goals against an out of sorts Mozambique.
“I’m happy that we managed to produce a good result in our first match. (The goals) could have been more,” he said.
“They (Mozambique) have a very good team and they are building a new team. It is the same back home. We were only allowed to pick a maximum of two clubs per each club.
“So that is what we did and we only played for a few days, two days back home and two days before the tournament started.”
Pictures credit: Cosafa Media