Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
MIDFIELDER Marshall Munetsi played yesterday’s match against Somalia with a ‘stomach bug’ and Joey Antipas has described him as a hero.
Munetsi scored the opening goal for Zimbabwe in the 77th minute, moments after Antipas wanted to withdraw to bring on Thabani Kamusoko.
Warriors won 3-1 to progress to the next stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on a 3-2 aggregate.
Munetsi told H-Metro after the match that he had told the technical stuff to substitute him but they forced him to remain on the pitch.
“I wasn’t feeling well for the past two days. So I told the coaches that I can give them about 45 to 60 minutes. I told them let me go out and the coach said stay there you gonna stay one goal so credit to the coach,” said Munetsi.
The Stade de Reims star said he had the belief they will progress despite waiting until late.
“I don’t think they (Somalia) deserve to be down there. As nation we worked very hard and I just give credit to the players.
“We are professionals; we knew it wasn’t over until the referee blows the final whistle. We knew they were delaying we just had to grind and get a goal and that another goal,” said Munetsi.
Antipas confirmed Munetsi had problems with his stomach but pushed him to play.
“Marsh (Munetsi) had a stomach problem for the past two days so I just pushed him, he wanted to come off and I said no carry on.
“Because he gave us that stability in the midfield. I thought he was outstanding although he had a problem with his digesting and at the end of the he became a hero,” said Antipas.