WARRIORS MAKE HISTORY
9 July 2017
WARRIORS on Sunday made history by winning the COSAFA Castle Cup for a record fifth time after beating Zambia 3-1 in the final.
Zimbabwe won the battle of Zambezi to beat their rivals – Zambia – on four COSAFA triumphs alongside South Africa.
Warriors scored the opening goal after 22 minutes when Chipolopolo goalkeeper failed to clear an Honest Moyo delivery and Knox Mutizwa capitalised to put the ball into the back of the net.
Zambia equalised six minutes before half time when substitute Lubinda Mundia headed home to force the match to go to half time at 1-1.
The second half belonged to the Warriors who managed to restore their lead through a brilliant strike from Talent Chawapiwa in the 57th minute.
Ocean Mushure scored 10 minutes later to give Warriors full control of the game.
However, Chipolopolo were denied some chances by goalkeeper George Chigova.
It was also a third COSAFA triumph for interim coach Sunday ‘Mhofu’ Chidzambwa who said he is happy for his boys and the country at large.
“I feel very happy, I also feel very happy for the boys and the country.
“It wasn’t easy for us we played six games and they were scoring so many goals and we also scored three goals in a cup final” said Mhofu.
Zimbabwe had a good run in the tournament scoring 19 times conceding only five times in all the six matches.
And speaking on the many goals scored by the Warriors in the tournament (19), Mhofu said that is natural of Zimbabwe.
“Naturally Zimbabwean players are very good going forward, look at players like Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat.
“We have natural players who can score goals and they go forward very well and it’s good for the country.”
Zimbabwe attested their dominance at this Southern Africa soccer showdown after two of their players won tournament awards.
Ovidy Karuru won the golden boot with six goals while Knox Mutizwa was voted man of the tournament.
Talent Chawapiwa was voted the man of the match in the final while Ovidy Karuru won it twice and Ocean Mushure once on the road to final.
Pictures: COSAFA Media