ZIMBABWE national soccer team has been knocked out of the ongoing 2016 African Nations Championships (Chan) in the most cruel form even though it still has a game to play.
The wasteful Kalisto Pasuwa coached outfit succumbed to a Mousa Sissoko goal which came off an 81st minute set piece by Mali to end the game on the wrong end of a 1-0 score line.
The Warriors were the better team of the afternoon and could easily have netted five goals had they been more accurate in front of goal but some of its usually reliable players, among them, Chicken Inn marksman Edmore Chirambadare and Ronald Chitiyo took turns to miss.
Rodrick Mutuma, who was substituted for Francisco Zekumbawire deep into the second half was disappointed when his low first half glance header crashed against the cross bar.
Mali now lead the Group D log standing with four points from two games and are followed by Zambia, with three points although Chipolopolo were set to play their second match against Mali later Saturday evening.
The Warriors, who lost by a goal to zero in their Chan opener with neighbours, Zambia, anchor the four team log with no point from their two matches played so far.
The Chan is being played in Rwanda.