Head coach of Zimbabwe, Norman Mapeza has finally given up on his side’s chances of qualifying for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Warriors succumbed to the Black Stars of Ghana 3-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday in their third qualifying game.
Ajax midfielder, Mohammed Kudus sent the Black Stars ahead with just five minutes played in the first half. Zimbabwe replied quickly two minutes into the second half from the spot by captain, Knowledge Musona after Ghana central defender, Alexander Djiku concede a penalty.
Arsenal midfielder, Thomas Partey made the score line 2-1 for Ghana on the 66th minute with captain Andre Ayew nailing the visitors with the third goal on the 86th minute, connecting a header from Baba Rahman’s cross.
Mapeza admits the Warriors are out of the World Cup race and will now shift their attention to the 2021 Afcon tournament to be staged in Cameroon next year.
“Sometimes you need to be realistic in life, the chances are now very slim,” the gaffer said, as quoted by the Sunday Mail. “We are, however, not losing hope and will continue working hard.
“We are also using the remaining matches to prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon in January.” Norman Mapeza said.
Zimbabwe’s 3-1 to Ghana means they have fallen six points behind Group G leaders South Africa and bottom of the table.
South Africa have 7 points in first with the Black Stars of Ghana in second with 6 points. Ethiopia are third on 3 and Zimbabwe bottom with no points. Zimbabwe will host Ghana on Tuesday, October 12 for the reverse fixture.