The Warriors played a goalless draw against Mozambique in the Group B opener of the 2021 COSAFA Cup.
Zimbabwe failed to create meaningful chances throughout the game, and the opportunities that came their way were poorly executed. On the other side, goalkeeper Washington Arubi was busy and had to make vital saves to keep his team in the game.
Arubi, who was playing his first game for the national team in six years, was called to action for the first time in the first minute when Abel Nhantumbo struck from distance. The keeper reacted well and saved the dangerous effort.
The Mambas came back in the 8th minute, and Estêvão Novela was pushed back at close range by the keeper who knocked his head back. Francisco Simbine gave another chance moments later, but the effort was not framed.
Zimbabwe didn’t start to come alive until later around half an hour into the game with Farau Matare and Ovidy Karuru coming close to the goal, but it was Mozambique who went to great lengths to make the most of it. of their attacks before the break.
The second half got off to a slow start for both sides, and goalmouth incidents were rare.
However, it was not until the 78th that the Mambas put the ball in the net. Unfortunately, the effort was deemed to be offside.
Moments later, an undercover Delic Murimba had a great chance to fall inside the box at the other end but missed his shot on the ball.
The match ended scoreless, with Zimbabwe continuing their unbeaten streak against Mozambique in the COSAFA Cup tournaments.
Mozambique XI: Siluane, Simbine, Nangy, Muze, Nhantumbo, Alexandre, Ernesto, Thauzene, Novela, Nhaca, Mathe.
Warriors XI: Arubi, Mucheto, Amin, Dzingai, Mavhurume, Tavengwa, Nyahwa, Sarupinda, Banda, Karuru, Matare.