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Zimbabwe Warriors secures victory in Cosafa Cup opener

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Zimbabwe kicked off their campaign in the Hollywood Bets Cosafa Cup 2024 with a 1-0 victory over Comoros in Gqeberha, South Africa, on Thursday.

Jairos Tapera, the interim head coach who had endured two defeats in the Fifa World Cup Qualifier 2026, orchestrated a cohesive performance from his Warriors side, currently ranked 38th in Africa. The team, comprising predominantly local players, displayed fitness and dynamism under Tapera’s guidance.

The decisive moment came courtesy of Michael Tapera, who capitalized on a Farai Banda corner, evading a Comoros defender to skillfully guide the ball into the far corner in the 53rd minute. Zimbabwe’s lead in the second half was a fitting reward for their disciplined display, characterized by a patient build-up after a first half that lacked penetration.

Maintaining a solid grip on possession with 63%, the Warriors unleashed 10 shots on goal, seven of which were on target. In contrast, Comoros, currently leading their Fifa World Cup Qualifying group, managed seven attempts on goal, with only three troubling the Zimbabwean goalkeeper.

The victory not only marks a promising start for Zimbabwe in the prestigious Fifa Category A tournament but also positions them favorably in the context of global rankings. Upcoming matches against Kenya and the defending champions will test their momentum, as they aim to build on this opening triumph.

In other news – Former Warriors striker Norman Maroto has died

Norman Maroto, a prominent figure in Zimbabwean football as a former Dynamos F.C and Warriors striker, has tragically passed away. He breathed his last at a private hospital in Harare during the early hours of this morning. Maroto’s death comes as a shock to the sporting community, where he was admired for his contributions both on and off the field.

At the time of his passing, Maroto held the role of Communications Officer at the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe, highlighting his continued involvement and dedication to football even after retiring as a player. Read More

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