The match started at a slow pace with both teams playing cautiously to avoid conceding and in the end they failed to utilise their few chances.
Prince Dube and Kadyaridzire were left to rue a tale of missed chances as they took turns to miss the chances that came the Young Warriors’ way.
The notable misses were in the 13th and 25th minute when they missed one-on-one chances that could have sealed a victory for the homers.
In the second half, Cameroon came a better side dominating and camping in the Young Warriors half.
Zimbabwe goalkeeper Nelson Chadya saved the day for the Young Warriors with crucial saves from the marauding Cameroon strike force.
Zimbabwe coach Jairos Tapera was a disappointed man and blamed the draw on poor preparations in the build-up to the game
“Football is about preparations, if you don’t prepare obvious you are preparing to lose. Whatever is going to happen in Cameroon we have to prepare. We need time to prepare as long as we don’t prepare we are going to lose,” said Tapera.
His Cameroonian counterpart Cyprian Besong Ashu described the host the better side, and will do their best to edge them in the reverse.
“I think they (Zimbabwe) did their best. I think we could have done better. We looked stronger and quicker in the game. We will give them a very tough game at home. Back home it will be a different game. We are going back home to work on our finishing,” said Ashu.
Seven teams will emerge from the qualifiers to join hosts Zambia for the tournament scheduled for 26 February to 12 March 2017.
Friday, 20 April 2016
Mauritania 0-3 Mali
Saturday, 21 April 2016
Tunisia 1-2 Senegal
Gambia 1-0 Morocco
Cote d’Ivoire 1-2 Guinea
Burkina Faso 1-1 Congo
Burundi 0-1 Nigeria
Angola 3-0 Gabon
Mozambique 1-1 Lesotho
Namibia 0-0 South Africa
Sunday, 22 April 2016
Ethiopia 2-1 Ghana
Zimbabwe 0-0 Cameroon
Rwanda 0-1 Egypt