Zim's Africa Cup of Nations Dream Over

Rules governing Confederation of African Football matches are clear that in the event of a draw on aggregate, goals scored away from home count twice.

The match between Zimbabwe and Angola ended three-all on aggregate but the goal that the Black Antelopes scored at Rufaro Stadium counts twice which makes the final result 4-3 in favour of the Angolans.

The Angolans now join the 14 other qualifiers and hosts South Africa for their sixth consecutive Africa Cup of Nations appearance while the Zimbabweans miss out for the fourth tournament in a row.

It was Spain based Manucho, who plays for Valladolid in the Spanish La Liga, who did the damage.

The striker, who had predicted he would score the winning goals, coincidentally having said he would score twice, grabbed the two goals in the fourth and sixth minutes to give the Black Antelopes the passage to the Nations Cup finals.

The Warriors’ defence was so shaky that it gave the Angolans too much room to score.

The pair of Carrington Nyadombo and Esrom Nyandoro failed to follow instructions to stick to Manucho and Djamal while in midfield Tinashe Nengomasha and Vusa Nyoni failed to stamp their authority.

In fact, the Angolans won the game in midfield where they had a field day while Zimbabwe began to attack in the second half when the damage had already been done.

Coach Rahman Gumbo’s decision to field in Cuthbert Malajila instead of either Kingstone Nkata or Edward Sadomba has also been questioned.

The Warriors exit has brought debate on the future of soccer in the country. Some analysts say the team has to be disbanded while others are saying the technical team has to go. Others want Gumbo to stay and replace the old guards with new blood in his team.

While the Warriors are staying at home, Angola, Zambia, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa will be at the party.