Mighty Warriors fall to Zambia

HARARE - Zimbabwe women soccer assistant coach Johannes Chikaola insists the Mighty Warriors can qualify for the 2014 African Women’s Championships after losing 1-0 to Zambia in the first leg yesterday.

Zambia scored through Hellen Mubanga in the second half to give the visitors a slender lead ahead of the second leg in Lusaka.

Chikaola was in charge of the Mighty Warriors yesterday as head coach Rosemary Mugadza was attending to a family bereavement.

“We still have the chance; we are going to fight in the second leg,” he said.

“I think we lost concentration and I also believe the girls underrated Zambia, but then Zambia were in camp for a month.

“Anything can happen in football, I will say it now boldly here that we will qualify. I think we are capable of doing much better than we did today.”

Zambia coach Charles Bwale praised his team.

“So far so good for Zambia but it is not yet over because there is still 90 minutes to play.”

The Mighty warriors controlled the game in the first half but failed to turn their dominance into goals with striker Rutendo Makore wasting numerous chances.

After the breather, Zambia were the better side and got their only goal in 64th minute after Mubanga went past three Zimbabwe defenders before firing a low shot past goalkeeper Chido Dzingirai.

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