Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
ALEC Mudimu showed leadership qualities when he captained the Warriors in a nail-biting 3-1 over win Somalia on Tuesday.
Zimbabwe needed to wait until stoppage time to snatch a win and progress to the group stage of the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers on 3-2 aggregate following a 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture played in neutral Djibouti last Thursday.
Mudimu stepped in when his teammates were involved in disputes with opponents and the match official.
He continued cheering the team at a time most believed it was over for Joey Antipas’ men.
The Cefn Druids man also took responsibility following defender Teenage Hadebe’s mistake in the 85th minute that nearly cost the team.
Mudimu, who had an option to clear his lines, thought of passing to Hadebe whose mistake gifted the ball to Omah Abdullah Mohamed who beat an advancing Elvis Chipezeze to equalise for the Somalis.
“Of course it was part of my fault, I take responsibility,” said Mudimu.
Mudimu, who took over captaincy in the absence of Knowledge Musona, said they cover each other as players.
“Teenage touched the ball, I should have tried hit the ball away. It’s not all to Teenage. We put each other through..,” said Mudimu.
The towering centre back said the way they won showed the importance of patience in football.
“It was never easy coming from Djibouti with a 1-0 deficit, I just want to thank God and the players, I mean all the members who fought today (Sunday) not just the 11 but the entire squad.
“It’s football, you have to be very patient when things are like that, you have to be very patient, you have got the quality and the depth with the players,” he said.
Asked if it was a good show for Zimbabwe to struggle against lowly ranked Somalia, Mudimu said “Of course know, of course know.”