They went into the encounter with history on their side – having won once and drew thrice with Algeria – but this time the Warriors fell 1-3 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played on 12 November at 5 July Olympic Stadium in Algiers.
The Warriors started on the front foot, creating early chances for Khama Billiat whose shot was saved by M’bolhi and Tinotenda Kadewere who watched his header sail over the crossbar.
The early brilliance was undone in the 31st minute by Baghdad Bounedjah who buried a rebound parried into his way by Elvis Chipezeze after a Soufiane Feghouli shot. Feghouli himself added the second through a header from Riyad Mahrez’s cross.
Chipezeze would go on to be replaced at half time due to a twisted knee during two duels with Algerian forwards.
The Warriors had a much better second half in all areas but a lapse in concentration at the back saw us concede the third from the boot of Mahrez.
Kadewere scored our consolation in the 79th minute after controlling a pass from Musona and cheekily lobbying the ball over Algerian goalkeeper M’bolhi.
The Lyon forward could have scored earlier when he went through on goal but his heavy first touch allowed the M’bolhi to collect the ball.
Jordan Zemura made his debut and lasted 70 minutes before making way for Kudakwashe Mahachi. Ovidy Karuru was also replaced at the same time by Tafadzwa Rusike. The coach’s final change saw David Moyo making his debut, replacing Khama Billiat in the 75th minute.
The Warriors have 3 days to work on their shortcomings before facing Algeria again on 16 November at National Sports Stadium.
Elvis Chipezeze (Talbert Shumba 45’) Tendayi Darikwa, Divine Lunga, Teenage Hadebe, Alec Mudimu, Marvelous Nakamba, Jordan Zemura (Kudakwashe Mahachi 70’), Knowledge Musona, Ovidy Karuru (Tafadzwa Rusike 70’) Khama Billiat (David Moyo 75’) Tinotenda Kadewere
Prince Dube, Terrence Dzvukamanja, Victor Kamhuka, Jimmy Dzingai, Adam Chicksen, King Nadolo