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THE Young Warriors dropped two crucial points after they were held to a draw by Angola in their third Group A African Union Sports Council Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games tie at Barbourfields yesterday.

With Malawi beating Mozambique 2-1 at Luveve yesterday to go top of the table with six points, Zimbabwe slipped into second place with five points.

After a rain-soaked first half, which failed to produce goals, Angola found the target in the 49th minute, courtesy of a lovely Cristofer Mbuini curling free kick from outside the box, which beat a diving Kelvin Shangiwa in goals for Zimbabwe.

Thomas Kadyaridzire levelled matters for the hosts in the 79th minute when he left a sea of Angolan defenders for dead before he unleashed a thunderbolt to beat towering goalkeeper Sebastiao Coio.

“Malawi are now on top of the log. Our next game against them is now a must-win,” said Young Warriors coach Tafadzwa Mashiri.

“We are in a tight situation. We should have finished the job today (yesterday) by beating Angola. We are now looking for one result against Malawi, which is a win.”

Angola remained in third place.

Angola’s goal came from a set-piece after Young Warriors’ central defender Trevor Zidoro brought down dribbling wizard Vladimir Eston Antonio.

Mbuini took responsibility and fired home a beauty.

Angola head coach Simao Jose said they will have to work harder to beat Swaziland.

“I think Zimbabwe are a good team. We did our best to win but we could not. Zimbabwe did well although they wasted lot of scoring opportunities.

“Our focus is now on our next game which we must work hard to win,” said Jose.

Source : The Herald