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Tanzania Defence Forces Select ……… 0COMMANDO Bullets striker Raymond Malikwa scored the priceless goal as the Zimbabwe Defence Forces select beat Tanzania Select in the Defence Forces Trophy at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.
Both teams got $7 500 for participating in this year’s Defence Forces celebrations.
The Zimbabwe select team retained the trophy which they won last year when they beat neighbours Zambia 3-0.
The hosts could have even won by a bigger margin had they been more clinical in front of goal.
Black Rhinos striker Trust Torovasei missed a number of chances before he fluffed a penalty in the 87th minute after he was fouled in the box.
Black Rhinos’ Walter Masenda was also selfish and went for glory instead of passing to a better positioned player.
Nesbert Saruchera’s charges also failed to utilise their numerical advantage after the visitors were reduced to 10-men in the 70th minute.
Tanzania’s Paul Ndauka was given his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards.
However, the East Africans kept the pressure on and could have forced an equaliser towards the end of the match.
Buffaloes goalkeeper Hope Bere was forced to make some fines saves as Zimbabwe clung to their slender lead.
Tanzania captain Amos Mgina made a lot of inroads into the hosts’ defence in the second period.
The hosts scored in the 10th minute when Malikwa exchanged neat passes with Torovasei to send the big crowd which had come for the Defence Forces celebrations into a frenzy.
The two combined well and gave the defenders of Tanzania some anxious moments.
The Zimbabwe select team drew their players from Premiership sides Black Rhinos and Buffaloes and Division One sides Commando Bullets and Chapungu.
Saruchera said he was pleased with his team’s performance which had mostly young players.
“We are one of the best Defence Forces teams in the Southern African Region and today (yesterday) we showed that again by a good display of football.
“We are happy that the team entertained everyone who was here and remember this day is of significant value to all the players. We celebrated in style,” said Saruchera.
The coach bemoaned the number of chances his strikers wasted.
“It is a Zimbabwean problem of failing to convert chances. Even the national team struggles to convert chances ,” said Saruchera.
Tanzania coach Joseph Bakari said they enjoyed the match.
“Tanzania and Zimbabwe are sisters and brothers. We are one. We have come here to cherish the oneness that has been there. And we did it through a match. There is no winner or loser today,” said Bakari.
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