Tuesday afternoon's match at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium saw Matabeleland take on Kabylia in a low-key affair.
The opening 10 minutes saw Kabylia have far more possession, but they were unable to create any clear-cut chances in-front of goal. However, in the 19th minute Matabeleland had the game’s first real shot; Shylock Ndlovu exchanged a neat one-two with Sawusani Mudimba, but Mudimba’s shot was easily gathered.
With just over half an hour played, and both sides fairly evenly balanced, Karim Ouarab’s effort from 20 yards out flashed wide of the post for Kabylia. Then, five minutes later, Elhadi Boukir’s shot from inside the box was kept out by the Matabeleland goalkeeper. Four minutes before half-time, Matabeleland had a goal chalked off for offside when Professor Tshuma was flagged by the linesman after being played through.
The goalless deadlock continued after the break, with even amounts of possession but the decisive touch lacking. There were very few clear cut chances, and the regular 90 minutes ended goalless, with the game going straight to penalties. Matabeleland won the toss and took the first penalty; both teams going on to miss two spot kicks to send the shoot-out into sudden death. Musa Stamburt missed their sixth penalty and, with Enzo Mezaib converting for Kabylia, it was the team from North Africa that were celebrating at the end.
Next up at the QES is another placement match (9th-12th) between Kabylia and Tibet, on Thursday 7th June with a 12 noon kick-off.
- Aaron Patel
Updated 11:20 - 6 Jun 2018 by Ken Brazier