Top seeds progress in NetOne Knockout

BULAWAYO - The country’s top women football teams lived up to their top billing by progressing to the semi - final stage of the NetOne Knockout Tournament at the weekend.

Defending Women National Super League champions Black Rhinos Queens were the biggest winners of the quarter-final stage with a 7-0 drubbing of fading giants New Orleans at Luveve Stadium.

The army side got their goals from hat – trick heroine Violet Bepete, Kudakwashe Basopo, Shupi Juwao, Rutendo Makore and an own goal by the home side’s captain Prisca Khumalo.

New Orleans were their worst enemies after making some ill-advised changes to the team that beat Barrow Street Jets 3-0 in the first round of the competition.

Veteran goalkeeper Daisy Mukwena was given the nod ahead of Pretty Matshazi and that decision proved costly after the former Mighty Warriors goalie conceded five goals in just 35 minutes of action.

Mukwena was duly replaced by Matshazi with 15 minutes to go before the half time break and the substitute keeper managed to keep the marauding Rhinos strikers at bay until the latter stages of the match when her goal was breached twice.  

Rhinos will meet Mufakose Queens in a Harare derby in the semi-final stage while Inline Academy will play against Cyclone Stars in the other semi-final fixture.

Mufakose hammered Tanex Queens 6 – 1 at Sakubva Stadium while Inline beat Auckland Queens 5-3 after extra time at Jumbo Stadium in Mazowe and Cyclone were 2-0 winners over Flame Lily in a match played at Rufaro.

Cyclone's Colleta Jesinau scored a brace to propel her side to the next round.

All the teams that progressed to the semi - final stage of the competition finished in the top four positions of the Marange National Women Super League and were given a bye in the first round.

Results: Cyclone Stars 2-0 Flame Lily, Black Rhinos 7-0 New Orleans, Mufakose 6- 1 Tanex Queens, Inline Academy 5-3 Auckland Queens.

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