ZIMBABWE beat Mozambique 2-1 in an international at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday friendly to give Warriors coach Ian Gorowa his first win on home soil since taking over in August.
The was the first match for the Warriors at Barbourfields since 2009 and with Gorowa having ditched the artificial turf at Rufaro, Zimbabwe started their preparations for the African Nations Championships (Chan) finals on a good note.
Now they will look to tie up two more matches against Libya and Guinea before the finals begin in South Africa on January 11. The Warriors are in Group B alongside Burkina Faso, Uganda and Morocco and will be based in Cape Town.
Simba Sithole hit the back of the net 10 minutes into the match as the Warriors seized the early opportunity, but failed to build on that.
Instead, Mozambique drew level in the 56th minute after Wonder Kapinda was adjudged to have upended Alberto Antonio in the box. Antonio picked himself up to score the equaliser.
Substitute Ali Sadiki then scored the winner in the 76th minute as Zimbabwe overcame logistical problems that had engulfed preparations for this match to record a sweet victory as they only trained with their head coach for one day.
“Mozambique are a very good team. They gave us a good game but it was only a preparatory match.”