28 June 2017
THE last round of matches in group B of the COSAFA Castle Cup will decide which team goes to the next stage after favourites Zimbabwe and Madagascar shared the spoils in a controversial goalless draw on Wednesday night.
The Warriors will now face Seychelles in the last group match and will need to score a lot of goals to be guaranteed qualification.
Madagascar on the other hand are expected to floor Mozambique and they will aim a goal spree against a team beaten 4-0 by the Warriors.
Assistant coach Bongani Mafu said they had felt hard done after Raphael Manuvire and Ovidy Karuru were denied what looked like clear penalties late in the second half.
“A very grueling match where we had chances, where we had also a lot of work to do because we were playing a very good side in terms of passing and so forth.
“We had to come up with means and ways of getting goals. We got behind their defence and we had players in the box and they went down and on the day we didn’t get the decisions,” said Mafu.
The Warriors assistant coach feels their efforts had gone to waste.
His statements come after the Warriors were also denied two clear goals in the first game, with one of the assistant referees making wrong off-side calls.
“That is what happens in football. It hurts because that is what we coaches work for. You want to get into the box and sometimes you feel you should be given the decision. We are not asking for favours but we are saying we do merit it.”
Herentals striker Blessing Majarira started ahead of Knox Mutizwa but he failed to stamp any authority.
Mafu admitted that the level of the game was a bit beyond him.
“I think the pace of the match, for a player from division one, was just way ahead of him. But the fact that he played is good exposure for him.
“Knox came in with the experience that we needed and the pressure that he gave to the opposition. His link play with Ovidy Karuru should have got us a penalty. That is my view and that is what I saw and I believe that,” said Mafu.