Local football fans have expressed mixed reactions following the Warriorsâ€™ defeat to Niger in their opening match at the African Nations Championship currently underway in Sudan.
The Zimbabwe Senior Menâ€™s Soccer Teamâ€™s campaign at the African Nations Championship got off to the worst possible start after a solitary strike by Nigerâ€™s Abdulkadaer Adamou condemned the Warriors to a heartbreaking defeat at the Medani Stadium.
Consequently, the Warriors fans are a disappointed lot and are still trying to come to terms with Saturdayâ€™s loss to lowly rated Niger.
â€œIt was a poor showing by the Warriors. In football, you always pat dearly for not taking chances that come your way and that is exactly what happened to the Warriors,â€ said one fan.
The Warriors have it all to do in their remaining two matches against South Africa and Ghana if theyâ€™re to successfully navigate their way beyond the group stage of the second edition of the African Nations Championship.
The Warriors are now in a swim or sink situation and need nothing short of a victory in their next group match against Ghana on Wednesday to keep their continental ambitions alive.
A defeat for the Warriors will signal the end of their aspirations at the tournament reserved only for players plying their trade in the country of their birth.
In other matches, South Africa beat Ghana 2-nil yesterday and Comeroon defeated DRC 2-nil in a match played today.