Zimbabwe...... (0) 3
Lesotho.......... (0) 1
|Man on form...|
Likuena goal-scorer Tsepo Seturumane
Lesotho lost 3-1 to Zimbabwe in the first leg of the sides’ 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier this afternoon at the Balfourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
Likuena’s goal was scored by Tšepo Seturumane giving Lesotho some hope for the return leg.
Zimbabwe is very much in the driving seat, however, after a brace from Roderick Mutuma and a third goal from Danisa Phiri handed the Warriors a deserved victory at home.
The sides went into the break level after a scoreless first half but Zimbabwe broke the deadlock soon after the break when Mutuma converted from the penalty spot in the 48th minute. The hosts then doubled their lead in the in the 56th minute through Mutuma.
Seturumane pulled one back for Likuena in the 63rd minute to raise hopes of a comeback. The goal was Seturumane’s second in as many games for Lesotho. But, nine from the end, Phiri landed the killer blow with Zimbabwe’s third. The goal could prove crucial. It gives Zimbabwe a more comfortable cushion going into next weekend’s second leg at Setsoto Stadium. Lesotho has to score at least twice to go through.
The winner of the tie will qualify for the CHAN finals in Rwanda in January.