The Zimbabwe Sables drew 23-all with the visiting Morocco in the Africa Gold Cup Group 1A match that also kick started the 2019 Japan World Cup qualification at the Harare Sports Club today.

The match which kicked off at 13:30 hours was supposed to give Zimbabwe the best possible and fresh start to a new campaign.

The team got their campaign to a slow start by drawing against the North African side when a win looked more likely and the best possible start.

Zimbabwe looked confident playing in front of their home crowd under a new coach.

Coach Peter De Villiers was visibly disappointed after the match and blamed two easy tries his side gifted the visitors and a host of missed opportunities.

The Moroccans, who used their size to grind out a result against Zimbabwe, were pleased with the draw.

Lenience Tambwera got some important points on the board when he found the range with his left boot from tight angles.

Last year, the Sables managed just one win, a 28-16 victory over Senegal who were eventually relegated.

Next up for Zimbabwe is Kenya in Nairobi on the 30th of this month and Tunisia on the 7th of next month in Tunis, followed by Uganda and Namibia.