Warriors coach Norman Mapeza speaks after Ghana defeat: Its a work in progress. This was Mapeza’s first game in charge after taking over from sacked Zdravko Logarusic but an early goal from Mohammed Kudus saw the Warriors chase the game five minutes into the first half.
Warriors coach Norman Mapeza has refused to bury his head in the sand in shame after the 3-1 defeat to Ghana in a Group G World Cup qualifying match on Saturday saying the team’s performance gives him something to build on going forward.
Knowledge Musona equalised for the Warriors shortly into the second half from the penalty after Knox Mutizwa was felled inside the box. Thomas Partey and Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew put the match beyond the Warriors with two goals in the second half.
” From what I saw today, I think the performance was okay. Its work in progress, if we continue playing and working like we did today, the future is bright for the Zimbabwe national team,” Mapeza said.
” I haven’t been with the national team for sometime, this is my first match but I’m pleased with the result.” Mapeza conceded it was now a Herculean task to turn the tables and qualify for the World Cup.
” Sometimes you need to be realistic in life, the chances are now very slim. We are however not losing hope and will continue working hard. We are also using the remaining matches to prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon in January.” The reverse fixture is on Tuesday at the National Sports stadium.
Source – Sport365