Impressive Zimbabwe eye successive wins

Impressive Zimbabwe eye successive wins
Jimmy Tigere of Zimbabwe during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Mozambique and Zimbabwe at the Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 26 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jun 27, 2017. 10:37

Zimbabwe will be aiming to make it two wins from two at the on-going 2017 COSAFA Cup, when they take on Madagascar at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng on Wednesday evening.

The Group B fixture is set to kick-off at 17h00 CAT.

The Warriors got their campaign off to the ideal start, thumping a youthful Mozambican outfit 4-0 in Moruleng.

In all truth, the victory could have been even more commanding had they converted all their chances with Kaizer Chiefs reject Ovidy Karuru especially impressive.

The Zimbabwe captain bagged a brace with Ocean Mushure and Blessing Majarira also finding the back of the net. Mushure's left-footed free-kick especially impressive.

Moreover, Madagascar beat fellow Island nation Seychelles 2-0 as they set course on what Barea hope will be a successful tournament. Dino Raveloarisona and Rinjala Raherinaivo with the goals.

There is no doubt that Madagascar have improved as a football nation over the past few years, notably beating Sudan 3-1 in Al-Ubayyid earlier this month.

In six official previous meetings according to FIFA.com, Zimbabwe boast an unbeaten record against Madagascar with four wins and two draws.

Madagascar's best showing at a COSAFA Cup tournament came in South Africa two years ago, a third place finish secured with a 2-1 win over Botswana.

Zimbabwe on the other hand are four time champions of the Southern African showpiece, lifting the crown in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2009.



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