It seems handing them the captaincy is working as OVIDY KARURU grabbed his first brace in Zimbabwe colours as the Warriors ran riot in their opening COSAFA Castle Cup Group B match at Moruleng Stadium here last night,almost doing the exact thing which was done by fellow compatriot Knowledge Musona in his first game as captain in Warriors colours.
On a night when theWarriors’ even had the luxury of missing a glut of chances that could have seen them doubling their margin, Karuru’s cocaptain Ocean Mushure and substitute Blessing Majarira also found the target in a blistering second half show.
Even their coach Sunday Chidzambwa said soon after the match that he would take the huge win despite the missed opportunities.
Chidzambwa, marking his return to the COSAFA Castle Cup since 2009 when he last won the
tournament on home soil, refused to turn one eye to the quarter final, despite acknowledging he hada strong side.“I think we have a very good team even though we were restricted to picking just two players each from the PSL clubs.
“But I am not looking beyond our game yet. I am not even thinking about the third game against Seychelles yet. My focus is on the match on Wednesday (against Madagascar),’’ Chidzambwa said.
The Warriors coach also paid special tribute to Herentals striker Majarira, who rose from the bench to grab Zimbabwe’s fourth deep into the three minutes of the referee’s optional time.
But there is no doubt that Karuru, who wore the captain’s armband on the night and led from the front, will relish his Warriors brace for some time.
Yet Karuru had a host of chances to add his name to the elite class of Warriors captains who have scored hattricks but the AmaZulu midfielder, playing just behind centre striker Knox Mutizwa fluffed the other opportunities that came his way.
Karuru might have featured for the Warriors in an on and off romance with the senior team for eight years but the former Gunners and Masvingo man had never played a COSAFA Castle Cup game with the Warriors.
Last night he celebrated his debut with a brace, while Majarira, introduced in the 80th minute also took his COSAFA bow with a goal that was a result of some fine exchange of passes initiated by midfield hardman Gerald Takwara.
“Of course we might have some experienced players but part of our objective in this competition is to give young players some exposure and Majarira is the leading scorer in one of our Division One leagues scoring 11 goals in 10 games so far this season.