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Warriors goal drought persists as Sudan friendly ends scoreless

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The Warriors infertility in front of goal continued Sunday after playing out to a scoreless draw in their AFCON 2021 preparatory match against Sudan in Cameroon Sunday.

Zimbabwe’s senior men’s football team is in the Central African country for the continental football showcase set to begin 9 January and ending 6 February, 2022.

But Norman Mapeza’s men again were blunt in front of goal, a worrying continuation from their disastrous FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign which yielded only score 2 goals from six outings.

Mapeza took a relatively weakened Warriors squad for national duty in Cameroon with big names such as Khama Billiat, Marvelous Nakamba and Marshall Munetsi all missing.

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Billiat has since retired from international football while his European based colleagues are nursing injuries.

But even when they were at their strongest, the Warriors still failed to find the net too often.

Meanwhile, in their friendly clash with Sudan, the Warriors encountered a double injury scare with goalkeeper Petros Mhari and Kudakwashe Mahachi being forced out of the match in the first half.

Mhari landed awkwardly and showed discomfort. He was replaced by Talbert Shumba.

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Mahachi, who started in the left-wing position, also picked a knock in the first half and was replaced by Onismor Bhasera.

The Warriors play Malawi, Senegal and Guinea in their AFCON Group B campaign and are targeting to emerge from the group stage for the first time in their history.

Warriors team line-up in Sudan friendly

Petros Mhari (gk), Takudzwa Chimwemwe, Bruce Kangwa, Teenage Hadebe, Gerald Takwara, Kelvin Madzongwe, Kundai Benyu, Never Tigere, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Ishmael Wadi and Prince Dube

Subs

Talbert Shumba (gk), Martin Mapisa (gk), Godknows Murwira, Onismor Bhasera, Thabani Kamusoko, Alec Mudimu, Peter Muduwa

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