This is the first time that Mugabe and Tsvangirai attended a major sporting event together. The match was also broadcast live by Zimbabwe’s state owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Television.
The Zimbabwe Warriors were escorted to the stadium by two white limousines from the United States of America (USA) as well as more than five 4X4 vehicles.They were also provided with an air conditioned coach, also imported from neighbouring South Africa
The South Americans emerged the winners with goals from Michel Bastos in the 40th minute and Robinho late in the first half and Elano early in the second session.
The historic clash between the two sides saw Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar substituted early in the first half with an injury.
The Zimbabweans gave a good account of themselves, nearly scoring in the starting minutes of the game when striker Knowledge Musona launched a powerful header that goal-keeper Julio Cesar however punched back into play.
“Brazil is an excellent side and this was a better result considering that we were playing world champions,” said Zimbabwe’s interim coach Norman Mapeza.
Brazil team is expected to play Tanzania on June 7 in another warm-up match before heading back to South Africa where they will play their first FIFA World Cup match against North Korea at Ellis Park stadium on June 15,. They will play Cote d’Ivoire at Soccer City stadium on June 20. They will then travel to Durban to face Portugal on June 25 for their final group match.
A big party was planned for Wednesday night at the five star Rainbow Towers Hotel to celebrate the historic occasion. All roads leading to the five star hotel were sealed off and only accredited individuals including journalists were being allowed into the big bash sponsored by Coca Cola, CBZ Holdings Limited and Net.One (Private) Limited.