Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter
WARRIORS defender Teenage Hadebe says he was relieved after Khama Billiat scored the winner deep in injury time that saw Zimbabwe dismissing Somalia 3-1 at the National Sports Stadium on Tuesday.
It took Zimbabwe 77 minutes to break the deadlock through Marshall Munetsi.
Five minutes to fulltime, Hadebe had a blunder at the back that saw Somalia capitalising to equalise and keep Zimbabwe’s 2022 World Cup hopes on hold.
An own goal off Knox Mutizwa’s free kick restored Zimbabwe’s lead in the 88th minute before scored the winner in stoppage time.
Hadebe said Billiat rescued him from the embarrassment.
“When Khama scored the third goal I was a relieved man; I was the happiest man alive.
“I almost cried it was an emotional moment for me. I could not believe it.
“If it wasn’t for him I would be everybody’s enemy now,” said Hadebe.
Hadebe said mistakes happen in football.
The Yeni Malatyaspor defender said the mistake taught him a lot.
“I was down at that time, after the blunder, almost everyone was down. I told my captain to clear the ball and he did not.
“But that is football you make mistakes. I am happy we managed to come back, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself knowing I am the reason we lost.
“Yes mistakes happen in football but people like blaming others, thank God we fought back and ended up winning the match.
“The good thing is we won at the end of the day. We don’t have to repeat the same mistake next time,’ he added.
He said the game was tough and believes Somalia did more than they anticipated.
“It was a tough match and these days there is nothing like a small team.
“They wanted to hit us on counter attacks, they got one chance and they buried it.
“They gave us their best and made our day difficult,” he said.