It is better to give up a fight when the going gets tough for you along the way or in the course of trying to achieve something. That is the story of the head coach of Zimbabwe, Norman Mapeza whose side have lost the race in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. Head coach of Zimbabwe, Norman Mapeza has finally given up on his side’s chances of qualifying for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Warriors succumbed to the Black Stars of Ghana 3-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday in their third qualifying game. The Warriors came into the game in a bid to at least get respectable score line having lost two opening games of the qualifiers.
Ajax midfielder, Mohammed Kudus sent the Black Stars ahead with just five minutes played in the first half. He had a brilliant exchange with left back, Baba Rahman before connecting to striker, Jordan Ayew who passed back to Kudus to fire home the opener for Ghana. Zimbabwe replied quickly two minutes into the second half from the spot by captain, Knowledge Musona after Ghana central defender, Alexander Djiku concede a penalty much to the shock of Ghanaian fans who were at the Cape Coast Stadium. Arsenal midfielder, Thomas Partey made the score line 2-1 for Ghana on the 66th minute after beating his opponent to put the ball in the net with captain Andre Ayew nailing the visitors with the third goal on the 86th minute, connecting a header from Baba Rahman’s cross.
Mapeza admits the Warriors are out of the World Cup race and will now shift their attention to the 2021 Afcon tournament to be staged in Cameroon next year. “Sometimes you need to be realistic in life, the chances are now very slim,” the gaffer said, as quoted by the Sunday Mail. “We are, however, not losing hope and will continue working hard. “We are also using the remaining matches to prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon in January.”
Zimbabwe’s 3-1 to Ghana means they have fallen six points behind Group G leaders South Africa and bottom of the table. South Africa have 7 points in first with the Black Stars of Ghana in second with 6 points. Ethiopia are third on 3 and Zimbabwe bottom with no points. Zimbabwe will host Ghana on Tuesday, October 12 for the reverse fixture. Zimbabwe will now be playing for pride as they have now lost three games and have no chance of qualifying for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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