Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa has accepted the blame following the team’s early exit from the 2019 Afcon.

Zimbabwe suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to DRC on Sunday which blew away their prospects of reaching the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time.

Speaking on the Sunday’s result, Chidzambwa admitted that the technical team needs to adopt a different approach on selecting the players next time.

“If you look at our game, we were very slow. So there was that element and we were chasing the game and couldn’t come back.

“I take the blame and maybe in the near future we need a different approach. The players we picked must deliver, so we take the blame,” Chidzambwa said.

The Warriors lost most of their key players due to injuries and they had no reserve keeper on the line-up for the final group game as both George Chigova and Edmore Sibanda were carrying knocks.

Marshall Munetsi who usually takes a defensive role was employed as a cover-up attacking player.

Lawrence Mhlanga took up a place in the central defence in the absence of injured Alec Mudimu but his combination with Teenage Hadebe was horrible as it left several leaking holes at the back.