Zimbabwean Football’s Darkest Moment – Report

The Herald’s Senior Sports Editor, Robson Shakuro, considers The Warriors’ 1-0 loss to Somalia, the lowest-ranked team in Africa, our darkest hour.

Warriors interim coach Joey Antipas was humiliated in his first assignment with the team failing to train even once ahead of the World Cup 2022 Qualifier against the poorest nation in Africa. Writes Sharuko:

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This was a humiliation for the Warriors, as horrible as it possibly can come, and the gamble to leave out some of the team’s regular players after they were accused of fanning chaos during the 2019 AFCON finals, has now backfired terribly.

… this is a game that will always be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

The Warriors never cared to train for this match, with ZIFA coming up with an arrangement where the players – as a team – only met in Djibouti the night before the game.

Sharuko digs the history books and presents the sorry results the Ocean Stars have garnered over the years;

For this has been the Somalia sorry report card, in World Cup/AFCON/CECAFA/friendlies since the turn of the millennium – Ethiopia 5, Somalia 0; Somalia 0; Ethiopia 0; Somalia 0, Zambia 6; Somalia 0, Tanzania 3, Burundi 2, Somalia 0; Rwanda 1, Somalia 0; Uganda 4, Somalia 0; Rwanda 3, Somalia 0.

Somalia 1, Tanzania 0; Djibouti 1, Somalia 0; Ghana 2, Somalia 0; Somalia 0, Ghana 5, Cameroon 3, Somalia 0; Somalia 0, Cameroon 3; Uganda 4, Somalia 1; Somalia 1, Uganda 3; South Sudan 2, Somalia 0; Somalia 1, South Sudan 2; Rwanda 3, Somalia 0; Somalia 0, Ethiopia 2; Somalia 0, Tanzania 4; Niger 4, Somalia 0.

Somalia 0, Niger 2; Somalia 0, Zambia 4; Somalia 0, Tanzania 1; Burundi 2, Somalia 0; Somalia 0, Sudan 1; Burundi 5, Somalia 1; Somalia 0, Uganda 4; Somalia 1, Burundi 4.

More: The Herald

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