Innocent Kurira

WARRIORS defender Gerald Takwara says they will not repeat the mistakes they made in their semi-final tie against Zambia when they face Kenya in the final of the Four Nations Invitational tournament in Malawi this afternoon.

The Warriors conceded two goals, inside the first 25 minutes, against Chipolopolo.

They however showed the character of Warriors as they fought back to win the match in a penalty shootout.

Macauley Bonne and Walter Musona were on target for the Warriors in regulation time.

Musona, Andy Rinomhota, Tino Kadewere, Marshall Munetsi, Divine Lunga, Takwara, Donovan Bernard and Botswana-based Daniel Msendami took penalties for the Warriors.

Musona and Lunga missed from the spot before Msendami, scored the last effort which won the game for Zimbabwe.

In the other semi-final, Kenya humbled hosts Malawi 4-0 to book a date in the final with Zimbabwe.

“We started badly. I don’t know what was happening. But, after some time we did pick up and everyone was working more than 100 percent,” said Takwara.

“The comeback we did was nice and we hope it’s not going to happen again the way we started our first 20 minutes against Zambia.

“The training is okay, it’s good, we have difficulties in some areas but we can’t complain. We can’t afford to have excuses all the time, we just have to adjust to whatever is there.”

He added:

“It’s going to be a tough game. They are also playing to make their country happy. It’s going to be a tough game but we are going to manage it.”

The Warriors’ squad includes the UK-based quartet of Joey Phuthi of Sheffield Wednesday, Leicester City’s Tawanda Maswanhise, Shane Maroodza from Huddersfield Town and Brentford B’s goalkeeper Marley Tavaziva.

Junior Makunike, Peter Muduhwa and Emmanuel Jalai are some of the local-based players in the squad.

Warriors Squad:

Goalkeepers: Martin Mapisa, Donovan Bernard, Marley Tavaziva

Defenders: Shane Maroodza, Divine Lunga, Gerald Takwara, Kevin Moyo, Teenage Hadebe, Peter Muduhwa, Munashe Garananga, Emmanuel Jalai, Jordan Zemura, Joey Phuthi

Midfielders: Marshall Munetsi, Junior Makunike, Andy Rinomhota, Tivonge Rushesha, Tawanda Chirewa, Walter Musona

Strikers: Tinotenda Kadewere, Daniel Msendami, Tawanda Maswanhise, Macauley Bonne

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