By ZBC Reporter
Warriors Coach Norman Mapeza is satisfied with the team’s rebuilding exercise despite the one-nil loss to South Africa in a 2022 World Cup qualifier in Johannesburg last night.
The Warriors suffered their fourth defeat in five World Cup Qualifiers after a one-nil loss to South Africa at the FNB stadium this Thursday.
It was, however, not all gloom and doom with a number of positives from the match capped off by an outstanding performance by goalkeeper, Petros Mhari, who made a string of top notch saves to keep the score line respectable.
Former Ngezi Platinum utility player, Gerald Takwara also had a good game on his return to Warriors fold with head coach Norman Mapeza who spoke when the team arrived back home this Friday satisfied with how the rebuilding exercise is progressing.
“Obviously disappointed with the result but I am happy with how we are starting to play, it will take a bit of time but we are getting there and I am happy with what I saw today and we have somewhere to build upon as we look forward to AFCON and the return of other guys from injury,” said Mapeza.
The Interim Warriors Coach also handed 18 year old Dynamos winger, Bill Antonio his national team debut.
“These youngsters are the future, Knowledge is 31, Khama in his 30s and they are not going to be here with us for long, so we need to start preparing. I am not afraid to throw in youngsters remember I gave Knowledge and Khama their debuts in 2011 when they were youngsters and I will continue to do that for nation,” he added.
The Warriors will have two training sessions this Saturday ahead of their last group match against Ethiopia at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.