The Afcon qualifier match between Zimbabwe and Congo Brazzaville at the National Sports Stadium in Harare
Zimbabwe: 2 ( Billiat 20′, Musona 37′ )
90′ Full Time. Zimbabwe Qualifies for Afcon 2019 with a 2-0 win.
88′ Chigova makes good save for the Warriors
86′ SUBSTITUTION | Zimbabwe: Knox Mutizwa comes in for Tinotenda Kadewere
86′ BOOKING | Tinotenda Kadewere from Zimbabwe receives a yellow card
84′ Congo get a free-kick from 30 yards out, Chigova is equal to the task as he punches it away. – soccer24
81′ A lively show by the Warriors in the last moments but concedes a corner-kick at their end.– soccer24
77′ SUBSTITUTION | Zimbabwe: Talent Chawapiwa comes in for Knowledge Musona
75′ BOOKING | George Chigova from Zimbabwe receives a yellow card
70′ Congo seeing more of the ball and forcing the home team play deep but they can’t break beyond their backline. – soccer24
67′ SUBSTITUTION | Congo: Ulrich Kapolongo comes in for Junior Mouzita
65′ SUBSTITUTION | Zimbabwe: Ovidy Karuru comes in for Evans Rusike
58′ Congo get a corner kick and it’s well connected with a header but goes on to hit the side netting. – soccer24
57′ Congo with a chance but Chigova goes down to parry away Ibara’s low drive and the follow-up ends in an offside. – soccer24
A packed Zimbabwe National Sports Stadium.
54′ Cagey opening to the second half by the two sides
48′ BOOKING | Tendayi Darikwa from Zimbabwe receives a yellow card
46′ Substitution by Congo: Guy Mbenza comes in for Prince Oniangué
1610hrs: Second half underway
44′ Zim gets two successive corner kicks
41′ Corner kick to Zimbabwe taken by Pfumbidzai. Billiat at the end of it but his header misses the target by inches.
37′ Goal!!! Musona makes it two for the Warriors.
- Warriors are yet to beat Congo Brazzaville in competitive games since 1980.
- The two have played 3 competitive games in that period. Won 0, drew 1 and lost 2
- Zimbabwe needs at least a draw of any scoreline to qualify for the 2019 Afcon finals
- Congo needs a victory of any margin
- If Zim loses, it can still come in on the second position provided the game between DRC and Liberia ends in a draw.
30 minutes in, Zimbabwe lead through a 20th minute Khama Billiat free-kick at the National Sports Stadium.
30′ Zimbabwe always dangerous on the counter and Munetsi long-range effort sails over
20′ Khama Billiat scores from free kick, edge of the box to give Warriors the lead after 20 minutes
17′ Congo get another freekick from 35 yards out. Chigove collects it.
11′ Congo attack via a cross from the left but Chigova George misses it and so does the target man. Zimbabwe survive
5′ Early pressure by the warriors a good chance but keeper saves a one on one
1500hrs: Match has kicked off
1450hrs: A woman is reportedly dead following a stampede at the National Sports Stadium just now.
There is a lot of painful history for Zimbabwe whenever they take on Congo because of that infamous 2-2 draw between the two countries back in 1991 during a 1992 Afcon qualifier at the NSS. – Daily News
Zimbabwe Startup Lineup:
Chigova, T. Darikwa, A. Mudimu, T. Hadebe, M. Munetsi, D. Phiri, Kutinyu,, K. Mutizwa, T. Chawapiwa, T.Kadewere,K. Billiat
Congo Startup Lineup:
Ramaric Etou, Marvin Baudry, Fernand Mayembo, Hugo Konongo – Amour Loussoukou, Prince Oniangué, Delvin N’Dinga – Merveil Ndockyt, Prince Ibara, Junior Makiesse
Captain Knowledge Musona is expected to lead the Warriors team after passing a late fitness test on Saturday. Leeroy Mavunga of Yadah FC is the only local-based player in the selection while Admiral Muskwe of Leicester City U23 side is inline of making his international debut.
Match Officials: Sudanese officials will take charge of the game. El Fadil Mohamed Hussein is the centre referee with Waleed Ahmed Ali and Omer Hamid Mohamed Ahmed as first and second assistants.