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Explaining Zimbabwe's shock win over Democratic Republic of Congo

It was another defiant defensive display which helped Zimbabwe over the finish line for a shock 2-1 win away to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Saturday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Ronald Pfumbidzai and Knowledge Musona scored either side of the break to set the stage for a truly memorable triumph, with Yannick Bolasie's injury-time response for the hosts proving inadequate to halt Zimbabwe's party.

The result significantly boosts the Warriors' chances of qualifying for the 2019 Africa...

Zimbabwe stun Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa

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Ronald Pfumbidzai and Knowledge Musona scored either side of the break to fire Zimbabwe to an improbable 2-1 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa Cup of Nations qualification.

Substitute Yannick Bolasie netted an injury-time consolation for the hosts, whose cast of European-based stars largely struggled to break a defiant Warriors rearguard.

Bloemfontein Celtic left-back Pfumbidzai, standing in for the injured Devine Lunga, rifled the ball home from inside the box after the DRC defence...

Musona switch could give Zimbabwe the edge vs. Democratic Republic of Congo

The possible deployment of captain Knowledge Musona as an out-and-out striker against the Democratic Republic of Congo could further enhance Zimbabwe's potency upfront in Saturday's crunch Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away.

The Warriors skipper has almost always played in wide areas in national colours, but with a succession of injuries having decimated virtually all of coach Sunday Chidzambwa's centre-forward options, Musona now appears the only credible alternative available for the role.

Indeed,...

Katsande backs Hadebe to excel for Warriors despite club woes

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande is confident teammate Teenage Hadebe will prove equal to the task of repelling the fearsome Democratic Republic of Congo forward line in Saturday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier despite his apparent lack of match fitness.

Hadebe was in imperious form as Zimbabwe held Congo-Brazzaville to a 1-1 draw in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier early last month, but he has since struggled to reclaim his status as a regular in the Chiefs set up.

The 22-year-old...

Zimbabwe's Chidzambwa unfazed by DRC star power

Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa is unconcerned about the Democratic Republic of Congo's impressive collection of Europe-based stars ahead of the pair's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier this weekend.

The Warriors first play the Leopards on Saturday in Kinshasa before hosting the return leg in Harare three days later.

After two matches, Zimbabwe top Group G ahead of the DRC on goal difference, but the star-studded Congolese have the quality to put Chidzambwa's men in their place, even if the coach...