Eddie Chikamhi Senior Sports Reporter
Zimbabwe ……… (1) 3
Lesotho …………. (0) 1
THE Warriors struggled to play at home yesterday, but they still managed to get their job done when they defeated Lesotho in the first leg of the CHAN qualifier in the National Sports Stadium.  Prince Dube spearheaded the Warriors on both sides of the half-time break and second-half substitute Wellington Taderera extended the lead with a strong grounder six minutes from time.
The Warriors had done a good job keeping their opponents running For nearly 90 minutes, they would have had to leave the stadium disappointed after conceding a late penalty that gave visitors a decisive away goal.
Mhlopo Kalake turned deep into stoppage time, and this goal could be effective at the crucial moment against the Warriors stage next month in Maseru.
CHAN is reserved exclusively for local players, and Zimbabwe is looking for a fifth appearance, while Lesotho is still hoping for his nex debut t-year final in Cameroon. Of course, Zimbabwe coach Joey Antipas was not happy with his team's performance yesterday, but the home win was reassuring for the gaffer.
"They (Lesotho) were clinically attacking and we took good advantage of our chances. But the worrying thing is that we were struggling with our rhythm in the first half.
"But when we built ourselves up from behind, we looked good. Our rhythm was definitely missing in the first half, but in the second half, after we talked to the guys at halftime, they improved their game and that improved our game.
"It was disappointing to give up this late goal because it definitely gives Likuena the chance to return there," said Antipas. The Warriors needed a healthy home win against the visitors to increase their chances of winning the two-legged qualifier.
The Zimbabweans knew that Lesotho was unpredictable, and they had prepared for it.
Likuena dropped the neighbors in South Africa 6 fall -2 in the preliminary round in total.
However, Zimbabwe was not fluent in the first half. However, they managed the lead thanks to a brilliant moment from Bamusi, who used his pace to good effect, before he put a nice cross in the 21
Earlier Valentine Kadonzvo had the fans on their feet after dropping a large chunk in the box, but could not find his left foot after the angle narrowed.
Dube, Zimbabwe's leading scorer in this qualifying campaign, had a chance to double the lead after a short break from Zimbabwe on 54 minutes. His shot went just over the bar and Ntsane Lichaba's keeper came off Space.
However, the Warriors still managed to improve their record as Dube0 all jumped into the box and buried a header from Kadonzvo's corner on the hour.
Second-half substitute Taderera then made sure Zimbabwe had the game in the bottom corner with a well-hit grounder in the bottom.
But Lesotho still had it. I want to score an important away goal. The visitors were given a penalty when Jaure Kalake fell into the box. The attacking midfielder wiped himself and beat Simba Chinani, the goalkeeper of Zimbabwe, in stoppage time.
Lesotho coach Thabo Senong admitted defeat, but refused to throw in the towel.
"It was a tough game and congratulations to Zimbabwe. They got opportunities and they used them. One was a change, another a corner, and then we lost our concentration on the third goal.
"We also created opportunities in both halves. Unfortunately we were not good in the last third. Maybe we lacked confidence or quality, but it's all about preparing for the second leg, "Senong said.
Zimbabwe: S. Chinani, I. Nekati, X. Ndlovu, P. Muduhwa, P. Jaure, T. Chipunza, R. Kawondera, V. Kadonzvo (M. Phiri, 74. Minute), P. Bamusi, P. Dube, N. Tigere (W. Taderera, 64th minute)
Lesotho: N. Lichaba, B. Makepe, J. Mohai, R. Rasethuntsa (T.Seakhoa , 90th minute), N. Lerotholi, T. Koetle, T. Toloane H. Kalake, S. Thabantso, L. Fothoane, T. Seturumane (M. Marabe, 73. minute)