The Zimbabwe Warriors fought back from 2 goals down to salvage an important point against reigning African champions Algeria in Harare on Monday. Riyadh Mahrez picked off where he left off in the Algerian leg constantly dangerous on set plays and wing dribbles. The desert foxes deservedly took the lead on 27 minutes when French born Andy Delort powered home a brave header under pressure from the Warriors defender. Zimbabwe started with UK born Zemura (AFC BOURNEMOUTH) and Adam Chicksen(Notts County). The out of form Khama Billiart(Kaizer Chiefs) was dropped to the bench.They found themselves 2-0 down within 4 minutes of the opener. It was the Man City man Mahrez who made defender and keeper Shumba(Ironically his name means lion) sit down and take notice.
Belgian based Zimbabwe captain Knowledge Musona halved the deficit after 43 minutes from a sublime free kick having struck the post from another earlier free kick. Zimbabwe rarely score direct from free kicks and one can see Musona has clearly the natural ability to take them effectively(Billiart take them frequently). At the start of the second half the warriors were a different proposition and were vigorously pushing for an equalizer. They had their best chance when Lyon striker Kadewere come close with a header well saved by M’bholi.They had their reward for their persistence when former Highlanders striker Prince Dube scored on 82 minutes. The Algerian keeper failed to hold on to an innocuous looking shot and allowed it to trickle into the net. Algeria will not lose much sleep over the lost 2 points though. They only need a point against Zambia who lost 1-0 in Botswana to seal qualification to Cameroon whilst the warriors need a victory away at Botswana to qualify coupled with a Zambia failure to win against the desert foxes.