Knowledge Musona hits a hat-trick as Zimbabwe beat Liberia

Zimbabwe captain Knowledge Musona hit a hat-trick as his new-look national side beat Liberia 3-0 in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Harare on Sunday.

Musona took over the captaincy after Willard Katsande – who had skippered the Warriors at this year’s Nations Cup in Gabon – was dropped.

Belgium-based Musona heralded in a new era for Zimbabwean football with a sterling performance in the Group G encounter.

Friday: Grp H: Ivory Coast 2-3 Guinea
Grp A: Sudan 1-3 Madagascar Grp G: DR Congo 3-1 Congo
Grp E: Libya 5-1 Seychelles Grp I: Burkina Faso 3-1 Angola
Saturday: Grp C: Mali 2-1 Gabon
Grp B: Malawi 1-0 Comoros Grp A: Senegal 3-0 Equatorial Guinea
Grp C: Burundi 3-0 South Sudan Sunday:
Grp K: Zambia 0-1 Mozambique Grp G: Zimbabwe 3-0 Liberia
Grp I: Botswana 0-1 Mauritania Grp H: CAR v Rwanda (1500)
Grp B: Cameroon 1-0 Morocco Grp D: Benin v The Gambia (1500)
Grp J: Niger 0-0 Swaziland Grp F: Ghana v Ethiopia (1530)
Grp K: Guinea-Bissau 1-0 Namibia Grp L: Cape Verde v Uganda (1730 – postponed to Sunday)
Grp E: Nigeria 0-2 South Africa Grp D: Algeria v Togo (2100)
Grp F: Sierra Leone 2-1 Kenya Grp J: Tunisia v Egypt (2200)
Grp L: Tanzania 1-1 Lesotho

Musona’s first strike came on 24 minutes, with Zimbabwe taking that one-goal advantage into the break.

His second came just five minutes into the second half and the Warriors captain was able to celebrate his hat-trick with a goal in the 63rd minute.

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The result puts Zimbabwe top of Group G, after DR Congo beat Congo Brazzaville 3-1 on Saturday.

The twelve group winners plus the best three group runners-up will qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations along with the hosts Cameroon.

Zimbabwe are targeting a fourth appearance at the Nations Cup finals.