Match - Sun 17 June, 15:00,
Musona keeps 10-man Zimbabwe AFCON dreams alive
Having lost the first leg of the qualifiers in February 2-1 to Burundi, Zimbabwe knew that nothing short of a win would be enough to take them closer to next year’s Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa.
Ranked 14 placed above their adversaries Rahman Gumbo’s side were favourites to win the game with their star-studded line-up of South African Premier Soccer League players.
It was a worrying start for the hosts as William Katsande was showed read after just 29 minutes on the clock, but with the support of the home crowd giving the Warriors some backing, Burundi couldn’t fight off the assaults of Zimbabwe’s attack for long.
Just six minutes after the half hour Hoffenheim striker Knowledge Musona pounced on the occasion and put his country in front, keeping his countries AFCON hopes alive.
In spite of being a man down the Zimbabweans managed to create the majority of attacks while Burundi struggled to get a shot at goal. Having failed to find the back of the net Ajax Cape Town’s Khama Billiat was replaced by Takesure Chinyama.
Tapuwa Kapini made a crucial save in the final 10 minutes of the game as he pushed Gilbert Kaze long range effort over the bar. But there was no further actions at the net in the second half as the Warriors battled to a narrow 1-0 lead which saw them secure a spot in the next round of qualifiers for the Cup of Nations.