Having failed to score in Maputo just four days ago, the Young Wariiors scored two late goals to eliminate Mozambque from this year’s AFCON qualifiers and proceed to the final round.
Substitutes Obriel Chirinda and Delic Murimba scored in the 88th and 94th minute respectively. The game looked set for another goalless stalemate as was the case in Maputo but the introduction of the scorers proved to be the talisman that coach Tonderai Ndiraya needed.
VFB Lubeck midfielder Seth Patrick and Velez CF goalkeeper Martin Mapisa also shone brightly for the Young Warriors.
Zimbabwe will play South Africa in the third and final round beginning with an away trip and a home tie a few days later between 3 and 11 June.
Zimbabwe will be working towards a positive outcome this time because South Africa prevailed when the sides met in the same competition in 2015. Then coached by Kalisto Pasuwa, the Young Warriors forced a 1 all draw with Amajita at Rufaro before losing 3 nil in South Africa. Walter Musona scored a penalty in the home tie.
Teams which qualify for the Egypt finals will also automatically earn the right t participate at this year’s African games from 20 August to 1 September in Morocco.
The best three teams at the AFCON finals to be played from 8 to 22 November 2019 will secure places to play at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.