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Zimbabwe can remain optimistic despite Afcon disaster

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Failure and heartbreak have long been familiar themes in Zimbabwean football, and it was perhaps inevitable that the Warriors' 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign would end in despair.

The Southern Africans flew to Egypt amid a rising tide of optimism after some encouraging displays in the qualifiers only to return home a miserable lot, with a 4-0 defeat by Democratic Republic of Congo ensuring an inglorious end to the dream of a first ever appearance in the knockout stages.

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Bakambu brace lifts Congo over Zimbabwe

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Cedric Bakambu scored twice for the Democratic Republic of Congo in a comprehensive 4-0 win over Zimbabwe on Sunday that offers them the strong possibility of advancing to the knockout stages of the tournament.

The win ensured third place in Group A for the Congolese, who now have to wait to see whether they are one of the four best third place finishers who go through to compete in the last 16.

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Zimbabwe threaten Afcon pullout over wage row - reports

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) and the players were locked in talks over unpaid salaries on Thursday with both parties threatening to withdraw from the Africa Cup of Nations ahead of their final pool match, local media has reported.

Reports said no agreement was reached with ZIFA offering to pay $5,500 of the $12,500 the players are owed on Friday, but it was rejected amid the threat of a boycott of training until the full amounts were settled.

Both parties then threatened to quit the...

Zimbabwe squander chances in draw with Uganda

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Two glaring misses by Knowledge Musona cost Zimbabwe as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Uganda in an entertaining match at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

Uganda followed up their surprise 2-0 win over Democratic Republic of Congo in their first game by taking a 12th-minute lead through Emmanuel Okwi before Khama Billiat levelled for Zimbabwe five minutes before the break.

Musona should have equalised before that but fired over from close range and was guilty of an even worse effort in the...

Alec Mudimu: From Welsh Premier League to stopping Mohamed Salah at Afcon

CAIRO -- Alec Mudimu believes he "learned a lifetime's work" during Zimbabwe's Africa Cup of Nations opener on Friday, as the Cefn Druids defender swapped the Welsh Premier League for a showdown with Mohamed Salah and Egypt.

The Warriors ultimately fell to a 1-0 defeat following Trezeguet's 41st-minute winner in front of 75,000 spectators at Cairo International Stadium, but Mudimu is taking plenty of positives from the performance after testing himself against Salah only three weeks after...