Prince Dube scored a hat-trick as Zimbabwe beat Mauritius on Sunday to advance to the final round of the 2020 CHAN qualifiers.
The Warriors won the match 3-1 to march on a 7-1 aggregate victory.
The visitors started well and grabbed an early lead in the 3rd minute through Andrew Aristide who caught Zimbabwe’s defence on the back foot.
The home team regrouped in the following minutes but failed to penetrate beyond the backline. They got a corner kick on the quarter-hour mark which resulted in their first goal of the match.
Dube picked the ball on the end of the set-piece and struck home a beautiful effort to level the terms.
The Highlanders striker continued to menace in the Mauritian half while combining well with Leeroy Mavhunga.
The two created several attacks but could not get the goal in the remaining period of the first half.
Early from the break, the visitors almost scored following a quick counter, but Zimbabwe’s defence reacted to that swiftly to thwart the danger.
Dube got his second goal of the day on minute 67 after meeting a cross and headed it home to sent his side into the lead. He completed his brace with five minutes to fulltime, finishing a beautiful interplay from the centre.
Evans Katema could have sealed it on his own on the stroke of time, but his header crashed against the woodwork.
The Warriors will now face Lesotho in the final qualifying round in September.
The Crocodiles reached the stage after beating South Africa 6-2 on aggregate,
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