warriors vs malawi.jpgTwo goals by Tafadzwa Rusike sealed a 2-1 victory for the Warriors over the Flames of Malawi in an internatonal friendly match played at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.

 

Although the Warriors were quicker off the blocks and had the better of the exchanges in the opening minutes, it was the flames who drew first blood through Noel Mkandawire in the 13th minute. Rufaro Stadium hushed into silence.

 

It didn’t take the Warriors long to restore parity. In the 16th minute Zimbabwe were awarded a free kick for an infringement outside the penalty area.

 

Tafadzwa Rusike stepped up to take the free kick and his goal-bound was defected into the net, sending the Warriors fans into jubilation.

 

The Warriors continued mounting pressure and their efforts were rewarded when they took the lead through Rusike blistering shot in the 25th minute.

 

The Warriors continued to enjoy greater territorial advantage and could have extended their lead in the 41st minute, but Knowledge Musona’s rasping shot was however tipped over the cross bar for a corner kick.

 

The second half was characterized by lack of precision in front of goal by the Warriors, who created numerous scoring chances which went to waste. Nyasha Mushekwi could have added his name on the goal scorers list but he somehow failed to convert from close range, Surprising for someone who’s usually potent in front of goal.

 

The Flames also created chances, albeit far and wide between, but their finishing was lackluster. The second half did not pce further goals and the scoreboard remained unchanged at the final whistle, Zimbabwe 2 Malawi 1. The Flames of Malawi doused.

 

Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa was satisfied with his teams performance although he raised concerns over some loose ends that require urgent attention.

The Warriors victory was a big morale booster ahead of their impending African Nations Champioship(CHAN) qualifier against Swaziland.