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Zimbabwe Warriors coach blames defenders for Bafana Bafana loss

by Staff reporter
12 Jun 2024 at 06:52hrs | Views
Zimbabwe 1 - 3 South Africa

In a Group C CAF World Cup Qualifiers match at Free State Stadium, the Warriors suffered a 3-1 defeat against South Africa, leading interim coach Jairos Tapera to attribute the loss to defensive lapses.
Munashe Garan'anga, Divine Lunga, Gerald Takwara, and Godknows Murwira were the defenders in question.

Zimbabwe conceded an early goal within 35 seconds due to a back pass mistake, but Tawanda Chirewa quickly equalized, bringing the score to 1-1. However, South Africa's Thapelo Moreno capitalized on a goalkeeping error by Godfrey Chitsumba in the 55th minute to secure a 2-1 lead.

Moreno later completed his brace in the 76th minute, sealing the victory for Bafana Bafana.

Tapera expressed disappointment with the defensive performance, highlighting lapses in concentration. South Africa's coach, Hugo Broos, commended his team's effort and strategic adjustments made at halftime.

The result elevated South Africa to second place in the group alongside Benin and Rwanda, while Zimbabwe remained at the bottom with 2 points.

Source - newzimbabwe