Shepolopolo dump Mighty Warriors

NKOLOMA - Zambia's national women’s football team pinned the final nail in the Zimbabwean football coffin after knocking out the Mighty Warriors from the African Women Championships (ACW) final qualifying round at Nkoloma Stadium yesterday.

Shepolopolo booked their place at the ACW finals to be hosted by Namibia in October after beating Zimbabwe 2 - 0 on aggregate.

The Zambian ladies had beaten their Zimbabwean counterparts 1-0 in the first leg played at Rufaro Stadium two weeks ago.

Zimbabwe football, already in dire straits following the men national team’s humiliating exit from the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, was dealt another blow with yesterday’s result.

The Mighty Warriors, who have been ravaged by off field disputes ranging players remuneration to allowances, had done themselves no favours by going down 1-0 at home in the first leg of the final qualifier.

Their hopes of overturning that deficit away from home failed dismally at Nkoloma Stadium after Helen Mubanga’s 37th minute strike left Zimbabwe needing three goals to go through.

Mubanga tapped home from close range after an assist from captain Kabange Mupopo.

Zimbabwe felt they should have got their opener earlier on but Berita Kabwe’s goal was disallowed for handball.

The Mighty Warriors would go on to produce a more spirited second half performance but an equaliser would prove elusive.

The introduction of Rutendo Makore for Kabwe at the beginning of the second half brought some urgency to Zimbabwe's attack.

Makore would come close to finding an equaliser after coming to the end of Marvis Chirandu’s cross but her header was just wide of the upright.

Zimbabwe kept piling the pressure but efforts from Nokuthula Ndlovu, Makore and Rudo Neshamba failed to find the target.

In the end, Mubanga’s goal would seal the Mighty Warriors’ fate.

The Mighty Warriors last qualified for the AWC finals back in 2004 when they competition was held across the border in South Africa.

Since then, the team has failed to qualify for the last four finals and in October they will not be part of the teams taking part in Namibia.

Comments (1)

Rose refused to pool coaches for this mission and opted to go it alone, now her job is on the line and she is walking on very thin ice. Its apparent Jongwe was the man behind the team's successes.exposed.

Don Wezhira - 9 June 2014

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