Zimbabwe head coach, Baltemar Brito has disclosed that his team’s intention was to beat the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Sunday’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash.
Brito disclosed this in his post-match press conference.
The Warriors were held to a 1-1 draw by their more illustrious opponent at the Huye Stadium, Butare.
The Southern Africans took the lead on 26 minutes through Walter Musona.
Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, however, equalised for Nigeria in the second half.
The Warriors and Super Eagles are yet to record a win in the qualifier having drawn their opening two games.
Brito stated that they should have secured maximum points from the game.
“We started the game to win, we expected to win this game, unfortunately we drew,”
“We had the ambition of winning this game, the players fought hard and this good performance is about them. They deserve all the credit for this good performance.
“We had the chance and in football it is about the team that creates chances and scores. We scored a beautiful goal, Nigeria maybe had one, two chances also they didn’t create many chances in our box”, he said.
Zimbabwe’s next game in the qualifiers is against Benin Republic in June 2024.