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We Conceded Soft Goals – Mapeza

10 October 2021

Warriors interim coach Norman Mapeza says there were so many positives from the Warriors' 3-1 defeat to Ghana despite conceding "soft goals" in a 2022 World Cup Qualifier on Saturday.

Goals from Mohammed Kudus, Thomas Partey and Captain Andre Ayew extinguished Zimbabwe's hopes of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar finals.

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Warriors captain Knowledge Musona's second-half penalty was Zimbabwe's first goal in the qualifiers but proved insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

Meanwhile, Mapeza felt his charges had gifted the Black Stars some soft goals. He said:

I think it was a good game of football. I think we saw so many positives from this game, but I think we conceded soft goals.

First few minutes, there was a lack of concentration, and then the second goal, Darikwa was just supposed to clear the lines, and the third goal, I think it was a throw and we should have closed that man down before he crossed the ball.

For it was the first time to be with them but in terms of positives, I think there were so many positives from this game.

Zimbabwe host Ghana at the National Sports Stadium on Tuesday with virtually no chance of qualifying for the next and final round of qualification.

More: The Sunday Mail