Zimbabwe Warriors left it late to dismiss Somalia

September 11, 2019
| Report Focus News

Harare- The Zimbabwe Senior men’s soccer team left it late to shrug off what could have been an embarrassing exit from the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Zimbabwe cruised through to the group stages of the qualifiers courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate win over minnows Somalia.

Needing an outright victory to qualify for the group stages of the qualifiers, Zimbabwe found the going tough over a resilient Somalia team who were carrying a 1 nil home win from the first leg.

Zimbabwe dominated the first half launching a couple of raids but the Somali defence was resolute with their making crucial saves.

It took a spirited performance in the last 15 minutes of the match as Marshal Munetsi acrobatically finished a from a corner kick to start the comeback.

With the Warriors searching for a cushion goal all hell broke loose as the Somalis found an equaliser after a defensive error by Turkish based Teenage Hadebe.

A minute later Zimbabwe were awarded a free kick at the edge of the box and substitute Knox Mutizwa scored via a deflection.

With the encounter seemingly going for a draw on aggregate South African based Khama Billiat scored a beauty of a goal to send the fans into wild celebrations.