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Mali earn some semblance of pride after horrible showing by Morocco – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Staff Reporter

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 23:15


Mali earned some semblance of pride after holding the high-firing Moroccans to a goalless draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group C qualifier at the Stade 26 Mars in Bamako on Tuesday night.

The Malians came into this fixture in front of their home fans following an embarrassing 6-0 loss at the hands of Morocco in a Group C match last Friday.

In Bamako on Tuesday, though, the Eagles were determined not to concede a goal and that is just exactly what they did.

Mali set-up in an extremely defensive pattern from the onset with the majority of their players constantly behind the ball.

Luckily for the home side Morocco were not at their best in the final third and often wasted possession with woeful passing or horribly miss-guided long range shots.

Consequently, the pattern of the game emerged as Mali parked the bus in defence and Morocco failed to break it down.

Decent goal scoring chances were few and far between.

However, despite a horrendous showing on the night Morocco could have won the game in the 72nd minute, but Hakim Ziyech failed to score from the penalty spot.

Ziyech’s missed effort on goal summed up the night perfectly with both countries wasting our time in a 0-0 draw.

Morocco have the most to lose from the draw as they moved up to six points in Group C, a point behind table-toppers Cote d’Ivoire who lost 2-1 to Gabon also on Tuesday night – a win for the North Africans could have seen them in driving seat for Russia 2018.

Gabon are now third in Group C with five points, followed by last placed Mali on 2 points.



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Sunday Chidzambwa rues horrible defeat against Zimbabwean giants – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Aug 07, 2017. 13:30


ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa has rued their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Caps United in the Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League on Sunday.

Chidzambwa says they have themselves to blame for the defeat as they did not fight, thus allowing the Green machine to claim the three points.

Although United were struggling to collect the full three points in their previous matches, they will now hope to maintain the winning run if they are to defend the league title, let alone avoid a relegation dogfight.

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A single goal through Dominic Chungwa in the 61st minute ensured United ease their win-less run as well as allowing coach Lloyd Chitembwe a sigh of relief.

“In today’s defeat, we have ourselves to blame. We did not fight at all, especially in the first half and thus we never created any chances,” Chidzambwa said to the News Day.

“We only started playing football when Caps United has scored. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves whether we want to play football.

“The players were not prepared for a fight at all. I will go to the dressing room and ask them if they want to fight for me or not.

“If they do not want, then I will be prepared to resign. When players do not fight they put pressure on the coach.

On the other hand, United’s assistant coach Fungai Kwashi said he was pleased with the win, but hey will not get carried away.

“We are pleased with the win. We had the confidence that we would get the three points, but we will not get carried away because we still have a lot of work to do in the next match against Tsholotsho,” Kwashi adds.



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