THERE WAS NO COHESION – MHOFU
23 July 2017
WARRIORS coach Sunday Chidzambwa believes ill-preparedness contributed to the team’s bowing out of the 2018 CHAN qualifiers, losing to Namibia 5-4 on penalties.
Chidzambwa said there was no cohesion in the team resulting in fewer chances being created.
Prince Dube scored for the Warriors to level terms with Namibia who won 1-0 in the first leg, resulting in the penalty shootout.
“In these tournaments you need time to prepare. We managed to train as a group on Friday. This is a new team and did not jell well. Namibia were well prepared.
“We should have pushed for a second goal but we did not create more chances, we were thin as we went upfront,” he said.
Chidzambwa ruled out fatigue for the Warriors’ below par showing, insisting adequate preparation was needed.
“Only two players in the starting line-up played in the COSAFA tournament, this is a new team. You need time to prepare for these tournaments,” he said.
Namibian coach was ecstatic with the win over the Warriors following a long period without a league. He said they played according to their game plan
“I’m over the moon that we won, we did not have a local league for close to year now. It took us three months to get the boys ready.
“We played according to our game plan, we knew the depth Zimbabwe had, we knew they were stronger than us and have match fitness,” he said.