…Mapeza sees positives
Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter
The Warriors have been eliminated from the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers after losing 1-0 to Ghana at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.
The Warriors needed a victory to keep their slim chances of progressing to the next round alive, but Thomas Partey’s first-half strike dumped them out of the competition.
“I am more than happy with the performance. I made sure that everyone I called in the squad had the chance to play.
“And I am happy I have seen their capabilities and who to pick going forward,” he said.
Ghana took the lead through Partey, in the 30th minute.
Shumba was at fault after misjudging the set-piece and the ball sailed over him.
“Shumba made a mistake and it happens in the game of football. I am happy that he picked himself up after the blunder.
“I can’t say I won’t call him again because of this mistake it happens; its normal in football,” he said.
Mapeza reckons he has seen some positive despite the loss.
“We took so many positives on this game. When I came I knew where the team was.
“I vowed to revive the ship but unfortunately it went otherwise.
“Everything is now out of our hands but going forward we are now planning to build a team which can compete in the remaining games and the coming tournaments,” he said.
The visitors could have doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime, but Daniel Armety’s attempt was cleared off the line by Terrence Dzvukamanja.
Warriors wasted two good opportunities, first with Jordan Zemura shooting wide from inside the box after beating his markers and then Musona losing balance to see his miscued shot going off target.