FT – Madagascar 0 Zimbabwe 0

Welcome to our live blow-by-blow coverage of the 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup Group A encounter between Madagascar and Zimbabwe at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia on Monday.

Madagascar defeated Seychelles 1-0 in their opener, while Zimbabwe were held to a 2-2 draw by Swaziland.

Starting line-ups:

Zimbabwe XI: Tatenda Mukuruva, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Teenage Hadebe, Elisha Muroiwa, Danny Phiri, Tatenda Mudehwe, Tafadzwa Kutinyu, Charlton Mashumba, Obadiah Tarumbwa, Talent Chawapihwa.

Subs: Donovan Bernard, Lawrence Mhlanga, Blessing Moyo, Nqobizitha Masuku, Raphael Manuvire, Bruce Kangwa, King Nadolo, Farai Madhanhanga

Madagascar XI: Chretien Andriamifehy, Toby Sandratriniaina, Randrianiaiana Tantley, Michael Fetranianina, Ando Manoelantsoa, Razanakoto Dina, Sarivahy Vombola, Nomenjanahary Rajaonias, Rinjala Raherinaivo, Francois Randrianmonjanahary, Elefoni.

Subs: Eddit Bastia, Fenosoa Ratolojanahary, Morelin Raveoarisona, Rojo Andriamanjato, Jaotombo Bourahim, Manda Ratsimbazafy, Arimanna Rakotoarinosy, Andy Randrianarisoa, Claudel Fanomezana.



FULLTIME: No goals in a game in which Zimbabwe had excellent chances!

76′ – Zimbabwe sub: King Nadolo comes on for Mashumba, who had a frustrating night.

74′ – Yellow card for Hadebe for foul play

71′ – Bruce Kangwa tries to set up Tarumbwa but the striker mistimes his run

68′ – Foul Mudehwe is brought down on the right flank and Pfumbidzai’s curling effort is spilled by the goalkeeper, but no follow-up from his teammates.

67′ – Rinjana forces Mukuruva into a double save with a rising shot from 20 metres out

62′ – Zimbabwe sub: Bruce Kangwa comes on for Talent Chawapihwa

61′ – Yellow Card for Ronald Pfumbidzai.

58′ – Free-kick for Madagascar from 25 metres out taken by Ando but curls wide off the upright post

57′ – Dina’s snap shot just sails over the bar.

55′ – Zimbabwe try to find an opening on the left flank but the danger is cleared by Fetraniaina

54′ – Zimbabwe sub: Madhanhanga comes on for captain Danny Phiri.

51′ – Throw-in for Zimbabwe taken by Zvirekwi on the right.

48′ – Madagascar sub: Jaotombo Bourahim comes on for Rajaonias.

47′ – Mashumba makes a tame effort on goal after being sent clear on goal by Zvirekw

46′ – We are back under way as Zimbabwe and Madagascar are locked at 0-0!

HALFTIME: No goals, but Zimbabwe have had so many chances. How have they not scored?

45+2′ – Pfumbidzai strikes the side-netting from the free-kick as we head to a goalless first half.

45′ – Play briefly stopped as goalkeeper Chretien lies injured.

43′ – Chretien races off his line to cleverly use his feet to stop Tarumbwa from a one-on-one situation with his entire bench up in anticipation of a goal.

39′ – Vombola gets Madagascar’s first real chance with a shot on the turn which Mukuruva saves.

37′ – Anxious moments for Zimbawe as twice they are denied by the brilliance of the goalkeeper before Tarumbwa just drags his shot wide off the post.

35′ – Brilliant save from Chretien to deny Mashumba from a low Tarumbwa cross.

34′ – Appeals for a penalty by Mudehwe and the Zimbabwe bench are waved away by the referee.

32′ – Foul on Antoine by Tarumbwa inside his half but Madagascar quickly lose possession from the set piece.

30′ – Rajaonias sends a half volley with the outside of his foot and it’s smothered by Mukuruva.

28′ – Muroiwa oustmuscles Dina in the Zimbabwe box to clear the danger.

26′ – A clever speculative shot on the run from Ando Manoelantsoa almost catching Mukuruva off his guard.

24′ – Yellow Card for Kutinyu for a foul on Sandratriniaina.

23′ – Throw-in for Madagascar from deep inside their half yields an attack which ends with Mukuruva racing off his line to thwart Dina.

22′ – Mudehwe glides past his marker and tees up Mashumba but the Jomo Cosmos man fumbles his execution

21′ – It’s offside at the other end too for Vombola of Madagascar.

20′ – Mashumba thought he was clear on goal but the second assistant’s flag was up for offside.

19′ – Kutinyu sends his low shot direct at the keeper from the resultant free-kick.

18′ – Yellow Card for Tantley for bringing Mudehwe down.

17′ – Mashumba ruled offside after being sent through by Kutinyu.

15′ – Right-back Sandratrinian’s back pass almost gifting Zimbabwe with a chance as his goalkeeper stumbled before making a desperate clearance.

12′ – A pacy affair appears to be in the offing here.

10′ – Dina ventures into the box but his quick one two with Vombola is cut out by Muroiwa

9′ – Danny Phiri sends his shot from 20 metres direct to keeper Chretien.

6′ – Tatenda Mudehwe caught offside from a Charlton Mashumba pass.

3′ – Kutinyu’s pass finds no takers from the middle.

1′ – We are under way in the crucial COSAFA Castle Cup match!

– Referee: Jackson Pavaza (Namibia); Assistant 1 – Zakhele Siwela (South Africa); Assistant 2 – Souru Phatsoane (Lesotho); Reserve referee – Joshua Bondo (Botswana).

– The match will kick-off at 19h30 local time, 18h30 GMT.