Mapeza ‘proud’ of his players despite Senegal defeat

Zimbabwe mentor Norman Mapeza says he’s proud of his boys despite their 1-0 defeat to Senegal in their Afcon Group B opener in Bafoussam on Monday.

Mapeza reckons that nobody gave them a chance against a quality team like Senegal.

The Warriors made Senegal look distinctly ordinary throughout the game until Sadio Mane’s penalty in the stoppage time to give the Lions of Teranga a hard-fought victory.

“Credit goes to my boys. I think we played very well. Nobody gave us a chance against a well-oiled team like Senegal. If you look at the names in their squad, most of their guys are playing for top European clubs,” said Mapeza.

“I think we had some moments where we controlled the game. Luck wasn’t on our side. I think they worked their socks off. Now we focus on our next game against Malawi.”

The 49-year-old coach went on to state that moving forward they are just going to work on their conversion rate, as he thinks they did a lot in the final third where they had some good opportunities.

“Our minds are now on the game against Malawi where I think we need to give our all so that we can get maximum points because I think if we can manage to get 4 points we will get to the round of 16,” he concluded.

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