THE Warriors began their file equalling fifth appearance on the African Countries Championship (Chan) finals in cruel sort after narrowly shedding to hosts Cameroon courtesy of a Salomon Banga 2d half strike at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium final night.
Cameroon maintain qualified for the knockout stage of the Chan in two of their outdated three appearances and are anticipated to rob the title this time round as hosts.
It was a dauntless efficiency from the Zdravko Logarusic-coached facet that did now not maintain the top most likely of preparations for the continental competition reserved for within the neighborhood based mostly completely players.
On the quite a lot of hand, it was a exhausting-fought rob for the Indomitable Lions who were also removed from convincing on the day as they sought to give the home fans something to cheer about on the hole day of the competition.
Cameroon exuded hundreds of energy early on within the match and piled on the stress to maintain their opponents as soon as and for all, however the Warriors’ defence stood agency.
For the Warriors, it was all about damage limitation and survival pondering that the crew was made up of players who had now not considered aggressive football action in nearly a year.
And the crew also misplaced two weeks of preparation after nearly half the squad and technical crew contributors examined sure for Covid-19 on the eve of the New 365 days.
It was no shock when defender Carlos Mavhurume miscued his clearance within the third minute and nearly proficient the hosts a lead, but striker Bryant Soga failed to stammer his header into the nets with goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda intriguing.
Sibanda kept the Warriors within the match with a honest assign halfway in the course of the main half exhibiting some gripping reflexes to divulge Alfred Meyong, who had done neatly to stammer a depraved now on direction from the brink of the six-yard box.
Cameroon were unhealthy each time they ventured forward, but continuously looked desirous to rating ensuing in faulty resolution-making most steadily.
Zimbabwe had of venture to eliminate the lead on the stroke of half-time after the referee awarded a freekick in a unhealthy space, but Shadreck Nyahwa headed huge.
The hosts began the 2d half the device in which they did the main with captain Jacques Zoua’s effeort from the brink of the box whisking past the left factual put up.
Meyond had one more ideal chance to give Cameroon the lead, but he headed huge with the goal yawning in front of him
However the functional goal would approach after Sibanda, ideal all night, failed to tackle a depraved from a location half with the ball falling invitingly on Banga who chanced on the catch with an overhead kick.
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And the Warriors, who had assign up a courageous defensive efficiency with dinky offensive possibility, were by no device going to catch higher.
Although the Warriors failed to prefer on to what would were a treasured point, Logarusic’s facet can shield self assurance as they prepare for additional Community A encounters with Burkina Faso and Mali on Wednesday and Saturday respectively.
Cameroon (0) 1
Zimbabwe (0) 0
Cameroon: Mamoudou H, Ako A, Banga S C, Etame N, Kerrido H, Meyong A, Oukine F, Serge A, Soga B (N’Djeng Y, 51′), Tchuente T, Zoua J (C) (Badouidana O 81′).
Zimbabwe: Sibanda A, Nekati I (c), Muduwa P, Mavhurume C, Chamboko T, Hachiro R, Nyahwa S, Chitiyo R (D Mukamba 73′), Mavunga L (Nadolo K 73′), Govere P, Taderera W (Chirinda O, 61′).