Zebras shut shop but scoring boots missing

Work to do: Zebras train before their departure to Madagascar PIC: BFA
Work to do: Zebras train before their departure to Madagascar PIC: BFA

Despite an impressive defensive structure, the Zebras' coach, Didier Gomes Da Rosa is looking for answers upfront after the team failed to find the back of the net during the recent four-nation tournament.

The Zebras spent the FIFA international week in Madagascar where they played Burundi and Rwanda. The team is preparing for the next round of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, which resume in June. In Madagascar, the Zebras played to two goalless draws as the team returned home without a win but on the positive, did not concede. It was a superb defensive display from the team as the Zebras have conceded just once in the last four games. In the process, the team played three draws and won once. Da Rosa feels to turn the draws into wins, the team needs to find its scoring boots.

The team's offensive structure is the speedy wingers as per the tactician and he said they need to fix the attacking organisation to become a competitive side. "Today, in the offensive organisation, we were not efficient; we wanted to break on the flanks and beyond the opponent's defensive line. We did not achieve that. We had three or four opportunities, which is not enough. We got more opportunities against Rwanda and today we missed the creative (spark). We are disappointed not to win the match but as a coach, I have to stay positive and work with the programme we are meeting. The offensive organisation we are not creative, the target is to disturb the opponents in the wings because we can be very fast and very powerful. We defend very well and we did not concede too many opportunities and that's very important," Da Rosa said.

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