Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter
Warriors second half substitute Knox Mutizwa said they showed character in their dramatic 3-1 win over Somalia at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.
The result saw Zimbabwe going through to the next round of World Cup Qualifiers.
On aggregate they won 3-2 after losing the reverse fixture away.
Mutizwa had a goal and an assist, despite coming in as a second half substitute.
“We showed character, after Somalia equalised we were down. We showed how hungry we were and how much we wanted this win.
“We encouraged each other and we kept on fighting. We showed character and at the end of the day we were rewarded for our hard work.
“Losing this one was going to be embarrassing and that was the last thing we wanted,” said Mutizwa.
Work horse Marshall Munetsi gave Zimbabwe the lead 33 minutes into the second half.
But the lead was short lived as Teenage Hadebe’s poor touch gifted Somalia an equaliser, nine minutes after Munetsi’s goal.
Two minutes later Zimbabwe’s lead was restored after a Somalia own goal off a well taken free kick just outside the box.
Zimbabwe kept on pressing and finally Khama Billiat delivered the decisive goal that sealed the victory for the Warriors late in additional time.
Mutizwa said he is happy they are through but also noted they still have a lot of ground to cover.
“We struggled to get this win against Somalia, we have to be better than today to get more wins in future.
“It was a great show from the boys but we need to pull up our socks. Our next game is going to be ten times more difficult than this one.
“We will wait for the next game. I believe we have good players and we will always rise to the occasion,” he added.
Mutizwa came in as Clive Augusto’s substitute nine minutes into the second half.