Mighty War­riors power past Egypt

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - El­lina Mh­langa

Zim­babwe 2-1 Egypt MIGHTY War­riors’ coach Shadreck Mlauzi fielded a rel­a­tively new side in a friendly in­ter­na­tional match against Egypt at Ru­faro yes­ter­day and, af­ter win­ning the con­test, said he was ex­pect­ing a tougher chal­lenge from the vis­i­tors.

Two goals in the first half by for­wards Maud Ma­fusure and Ton­derai Masango, mak­ing their de­but at this level, were enough to se­cure vic­tory for the home side. Mlauzi said he had ex­pected more from the Egyp­tians. Zim­babwe and Egypt have been drawn in the same group at the Africa Women Cup of Na­tions in Novem­ber and, prob­a­bly, in yes­ter­day’s match both coaches didn’t want to give out much.

“Af­ter the Olympics we had a long break, a ses­sion and a half, you as­sem­ble then you come up with such a per­for­mance one can only be happy,” said Mlauzi.

“Egypt are a de­cent side. They have few in­di­vid­u­als that are tech­ni­cal but over­ally as a team, well, I felt they re­ally didn’t push us to the level we wanted.

“Yes, we re­spect them given we will be in the same group but, re­ally, in terms of the tech­ni­cal and tac­ti­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion that we ex­pected from them maybe we ex­pected more out of them than us.

“But a lot can change so we will see how it goes when we ap­proach that par­tic­u­lar game. Again I un­der­stand it will be the sec­ond game so we will give them the re­spect be­cause tour­na­ments are ex­tremely dif­fi­cult.”

Some of the play­ers who fea­tured in yes­ter­day’s game who have not been reg­u­lars in the team and they in­clude the two strik­ers Ma­fu­ruse and Masango as well as de­fender Nobukhosi Ncube, who had a good day in the of­fice.

Mlauzi later in­tro­duced the se­nior play­ers in the sec­ond half with Ku­dak­washe Ba­sopo com­ing in for Ma­fu­ruse while Ru­tendo Makore re­placed Masango in the 50th minute.

Zim­babwe took the lead in the 12th minute when Ma­fu­ruse headed the ball home.

In the 26th minute, Masango made it two for Zim­babwe af­ter she got a pass from Berita Kabwe and made a good turn in­side the box to beat goal­keeper Maha El De­mer­dash.

Aliaa Shoukry rose from the bench to score Egypt’s only goal in the 49th minute with a curl­ing shot from the right side.

Egypt head coach, Mo­hamed Mostafa was happy with game and be­lieves there is still more they can do for their next as­sign­ments.

“It’s been re­ally a good game. It’s a re­ally good team, it’s com­ing from the Olympics now, we played a game good and we hope next time we will do more," he said.

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