The 10-2 aggregate score in two qualifying matches against Mauritius (7-1) and Lesotho (3-1) back in 2018 turned out to be the only bright spots for the Warriors’ delayed 2020 African Nations Championship appearance.
Prince Dube led the scoring charts with 5 goals in the qualifiers but he left for Azam in Tanzania, so did his teammate now, Never Tigere who scored twice.
The Warriors managed to score 1 goal in the three games we played against Cameroon (1-0), Burkina Faso (3-1), and Mali (1-0).
Dynamos defender Partson Jaure scored our only goal, an equaliser at the time, against Burkina Faso.
In four appearances at the finals before the 2021 edition, we failed to win a group match in two editions.
2009 W0 D3 L0
2016 W0 D1 L2
Preparations for the competition were severely hampered by the 10-day period of isolation and inactivity that the team had to endure when 14 of its members tested positive for COVID-19. Coupled with the absence of league football for the entire 2019 season, the team’s sharpness and endurance at the event were tested.
The coach rotated the squad to make up for the weaknesses of his squad, making six and four changes to the first eleven in the second and third matches.
Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders) Simbarashe Chinani (Dynamos) Nelson Chadya (Ngezi Platinum Stars)
Peter Muduwa (Highlanders) Partson Jaure (Dynamos) Tafadzwa Jaravani (Caps United) Ian Nekati (Chicken inn) Qadr Amini (Ngezi Platinum Stars) Carlos Mavhurume (Caps United) Pawell Govere (Golden Eagles) Andrew Mbeba (Highlanders) Talent Chamboko (Manica Diamonds)
Richard Hachiro (Caps United) Ronald Chitiyo (Caps United) Shadreck Nyahwa (Bulawayo Chiefs) Wellington Taderera (Ngezi Platinum Stars) Leeroy Mavunga (Caps United) Tatenda Tavengwa (Harare City) King Nadolo (Dynamos) Denver Mukamba (Ngezi Platinum Stars)
Obriel Chirinda (Chicken inn) Thomas Chideu (Harare City) Farau Matare (Bulawayo Chiefs)