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Warriors Coach Apologizes To The Nation


By Obert Sithole


Zimbabwe national soccer team assistant coach Taurai Mangwiro has apologized to the nation after the Warriors failed to progress to the next round  of the Africa Cup Of Nations tournament which is currently taking place in Cameroon.

Many football lovers had their hopes raised after the Warriors gave their more illustrious opponents Senegal a good run for their money in their group B opening match only to lose to a stoppage time penalty conversion by Sadio Mane.

With Malawi being their next opponent many people felt that the Warriors would breeze past the Flames of Malawi however it was not to be. Zimbabwe lost 1-2 to their Southern African neighbours with the players missing a glut of chances in the encounter.

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Mangwiro says he empathized with the Warriors fans after the unfortunate loss to Malawi which rendered their final game against Guinea a dead rubber.

However despite the early exit Mangwiro said that the Warriors gave it their all up to the final game in which they prevailed 2-1 against Guinea.

“We want to say sorry to the nation as we could not progress to the next round and it was so painful. The expectations were so high going into the tournament. It even became more after the good show against Senegal but somehow we faltered.

Against Malawi we threw away a lead only to succumb to yet another painful defeat, but we redeemed ourselves with a victory against Guinea. However the victory was not enough to see us progressing to the next round, but thank you very much for the support. We know we disappointed you because we failed to progress”, Mangwiro said.

“We gave it a fight and hope that the future will be bright for us. I know people will judge us differently but whatever we did, we did it with the honesty and integrity. It’s unfortunate that it was not enough for the soccer loving people of Zimbabwe and tough luck.”


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