AFCON: “We As Strikers Let The Nation Down,” Khama Billiat Speaks After Drawing With Uganda

The wasteful Zimbabwean Warriors drew 1-1 with Ugandan Cranes in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals group match. Zimbabwe could have easily defeated their counterparts if they utilised the chances they had.

Uganda opened the scoring with Emmanuel Okwi pouncing on a rebound to nudge Uganda ahead on 12 minutes.

Zimbabwe created a number of chances with captain Musona ballooning over after Billiat’s cutback rolled invitingly into his path.

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Billiat dragged another effort wide and a header from Alec Mudimu was nodded to safety. Minutes later, Billiat levelled for Zimbabwe with a glancing finish shortly before half-time. He flicked a low Ovidy Karuru cross into the far corner on 40 minutes.

Zimbabwe remarkably failed to grab the lead early in the second half when Musona somehow failed to put the ball into an empty net, spooning against the crossbar from just a couple yards out.

The luckless Warriors again found themselves denied as Uganda ‘keeper Denis Onyango pulled off a miraculous save to scoop off the line and deny substitute Evans Rusike as his shot span towards goal.

Speaking after the match, Warriors head coach, Sunday Chidzambwa said:

I’m sure everyone can agree today we played better than we did against Egypt. We created many chances and we failed to put them away, this happens in football.

The Total man of the match, Khama Billiat added:

This is not the result we wanted, you could see after the game they (Uganda) celebrated. We as strikers let the nation down. We need to step up and take more responsibility.

More: Standard Media


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