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May 26, 2022

AFCON 2021: Zimbabwe’s Mapeza in full praise for his side despite early exit

By Guest Writer
Zimbabwe players celebrate one of their two goals against Guinea at AFCON | CAF Image

By Hermann Peter Mweguye

After two defeats in the first two Group B 2021 Africa Cup of Nations fixtures, Norman Mapeza’s Zimbabwe won their last group game against Guinea 2-1 on Tuesday at the Ahmadou Ahidjou stadium in Yaounde.

The Warriors came into this final fixture on the back of a 1-0 loss to Senegal in the group opener followed by a 2-1 loss to Malawi on 14th January.

However, this did not bring the morale of the team down as they were resilient on the day and hang on to hurt Guinea and exit the prestigious continent showpiece on a high.

“We saw a good match. We played well unlike the matches against Senegal or Malawi,” Mapeza started before adding.

“I would like to thank my players who controlled the game, especially during the first half. In the second half and having conceded a goal, my players who lack experience were somewhat unsettled.”

First half goals from forwards Captain Knowledge Musona and Kudakwashe Mahachi were enough to earn Mapeza’s charges a win against the West African nation.

Musona headed home in the 26th minute before being stretched off and Kudakwashe shortly before the break to get the maximum points inspite of exiting the continent competition.

Despite Guinea captain Naby Keita reducing the goal deficit at the restart, it wasn’t enough to hold back the warriors.

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