Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
PERFORMANCES usually do not tell the entire story of how a match panned out.
It is the final score that matters.
You may remember the scoreline, not the performance, though.
Zimbabwe have been praised for their display in their 0-1 defeat to Senegal at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.
Sadio Mane was the Teranga Lions hero as he scored from the penalty spot deep in time added on, to beark the hearts of Zimbabweans.
The Warriors have been saluted for reducing one of the tournament’s favourites to an ordinary team.
The fans have hailed the team after achieving what some termed a ‘respectable’ defeat.
But, still there should be a cause of concern.
Monday’s result meant Zimbabwe, in the six matches Norman Mapeza has been in charge, only managed to score TWO goals.
Of the two goals, one is from open play and the other was a penalty, in 540 minutes of action.
Mapeza admits his boys need to find a way on how to score goals.
The failure to score goals is despite the team’s strikeforce being regarded as the strongest department.
Mapeza has players like Tino Kadewere, Prince Dube, David Moyo, Knowledge Musona, Ishmael Wadi and Kuda Mahachi at his disposal but still struggling in front of goal.
Zimbabwe employed a cautious approach, against the Teranga Lions, which saw them failing to pose any meaningful threats, in the final third.
“I thought we did well everywhere but we couldn’t bury the chances.
“Tournament football needs goals and we need to work very hard to score as we look to our next match against Malawi.
“We now have to go back to the drawing board and plot how to play well and convert chances going forward,” said Mapeza.
It is now four months since Mapeza took charge of the Warriors following the sacking of Croatian, Zdravko Logarusic.
Logarusic was sacked amid widespread rebellion within the local football community.
He had managed just one win in 14 games with some players claiming they were failing to understand his tactics.
Loga’s team managed to score eight goals and conceded 19.
Zimbabwe face Malawi in their Group B second match this Friday.
They complete their group stage campaign with a date against Guinea on January 18.
The Malawi game will be Zimbabwe’s 14th game at the main international men’s association football competition in Africa.
The Warriors, who made their debut appearance in 2004, have recorded two wins, two draws and nine defeats in 13 outings.
They have scored 13 times and conceded 28, and are yet to keep a clean sheet.