We won it for Cyclone Idai victims: Tendayi Darikwa
“For the people affected by Cyclone Idai that was for you. Thank you Zimbabwe for your support today. Next stop, Egypt,” Darikwa said.
Tendayi Darikwa (@TendayiDarikwa) March 24, 2019
Darikwa has been a regular in the Nottingham Forest side this season, and he’ll be hoping to play a crucial part in helping the Warriors defend their territory at the tournament in Egypt. Although he picked up a yellow card in today’s match, Darikwa gave it his all. It was the third cap for Darikwa in Warriors colours.
The full-back signed for the Nottingham in the summer of 2017, for an undisclosed fee from Burnley.
Khama Billiat, who plays for Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa, opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a well-struck free-kick to put Zimbabwe 1-0 up.
His Belgium-based captain Knowledge Musona added a second 16 minutes later, pouncing on a defensive error to make it 2-0 to the hosts.
Congo Brazzaville tried to get back into the match but could not overcome a powerful and resilient Warriors team.
The victory makes it back-to-back Nations Cup appearances for Zimbabwe who played at Gabon 2017 after an 11-year absence from the finals.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Republic of Congo sealed their place in Egypt with a 1-0 win over Liberia in Kinshasa.
In a match where nerves were tested, Liberia were the team heading to the finals until the 52nd minute when China-based Cedric Bakambu made it 1-0 to the hosts.
That put DR Congo second in the table, behind Zimbabwe, and relegated Liberia to third place.