Warriors lost in Madagascar

Rudi Bowe 

The Braves Warriors conceded a late goal to lose 1-0 in Stade Municipal de Mahamasina in Antananarivo, Madagascar on Sunday afternoon in the first leg of the final round in the 2020 CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers. Brave Warriors interim coach Bobby Samaria states that they started off poorly planned due to the high pressing game of the host.

”We were losing the ball unnecessarily in critical areas putting pressure on ourselves and the first half ended 0-0 with no chances created for both teams.”
After the break, Samaria reveals, they improved due to tactical changes.
“After the break we started to be very dangerous on the counter and we created two good chances from counter attacks of which one was missed and the other saved.”
Despite all the decent efforts, the Brave Warriors lost the match at the death.
“With the game destined for a draw we conceded a lousy goal with 10 seconds left on the clock and that is however part of the game and we now need to re-group and prepare well for the return leg in Windhoek.”
Samaria calls for bravery from his team in the second leg on 19 October in Windhoek.
“We need to show character and come back stronger at home because we still have everything to play for. With our league inactive, we now need to devise a plan to ensure the team remain active and prepare for the 2nd leg”.

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