Mapeza was suspended along with 100 other players following allegations of match fixing in a scandal known as the Asiagate. Mapeza was in charge of the Zimbabwean team at the East and Central Africa Challenge Cup in 2009.
A 25th minute goal from Ibrahim Traore made the difference and left the Warriors counting the costs of their World Cup journey in a match the Zimbabweans could have won, had they not missed the countless chances that came their way.
The chief culprits were regular goal scorer Knowledge Musona and Dynamos’ usually trusted son Takesure Chinyama, who failed to convert easy to score chances, leaving the Warriors once again on the losing side.
In fact, Chimmanya could even have come out with a hatrick as on three occasions he found himself with only the goalkeeper to beat but could not place his shots on the target.
Gumbo admitted that wasted chances by his team cost it the victory it deserved.
The Warriors are third in the group, behind leaders Egypt and Guinea, while Mozambique are bottom having lost their match 2-0 against Egypt on Saturday.
The Zimbabwean team this week travel to Mozambique where a loss would signal the end of Zimbabwe’s dream of qualifying to the World Cup for the first time since the Warriors’ admission to international football in 1980.
The events off the field was not good for Zimbabwean football as two of the Zimbabwe Football Association board members, vice president Ndumiso Gumede and board member competitions, Benedict Moyo were nearly beaten up by angry supporters unhappy with the result and Zifa’s choice of coach.
The Warriors still have a chance to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations when it meets Burundi at home on June 17.