Zimbabwe won their most crucial game of the year thus far, away from home, and have thus confirmed Gold Cup status for next year, 2019.

The sables started the game like a team with intent and on a hunt and with four minutes on the clock, Johannes Coetzee was on the receiveiing end of a Chipendo offload, to glide past Uganda’s defense and score the game’s first try. Mandivenga converted to make sure Coach De Villiers boys had maximum points. Zimbabwe were back on the attack agin thrugh Uganda’s napping defense and this time through speed merchant, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo.

Uganda got into the action after an unforeseen line break from flanker Oketayot Byron. Phillip Wokoach converted to give Uganda some hope. Phillip got in another penalty afterwards but Zimbabwe were back with a try through center Tfadzwa Mhende to end the first half 19-10 ahead.

Aaron Ofoywroth with a try-saving tackle Photo : Eric Ndugutse

The second started with the same tune and song as the first as Tafadzwa was on the score sheet for Zimbabwe with another try. Michael Wokorach replied with a try for Uganda after a dummy-and pass from prop Martial Tchumkam. Zimbabwe were playing like the home team and were back scoring two late tries through McNab and Chitokwindo.

 

With that win, Zimbabwe did not have to wait for the result between Tunisia and Morocco as they confirmed Gold Cup status, and Uganda are safe too as they are confirmed for third place.

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