Mighty Warriors out

HARARE – Mighty Warriors coach Rosemary Mugadza blamed goalkeeper Chido Dzingirai for conceding two soft goals after her side was knocked out of the 2015 All Africa Games final qualifier by Ghana on Sunday.

Dzingirai conceded a long range shot from Diana Ankoma in 19th minute before scoring an own goal in the second half.

Zimbabwe got their goals from Samkelisiwe Zulu and Rudo Neshamba.

“I told her that they are capable of scoring with long range shot. The first goal was from afar and I think she needs competition to pull her socks. We did our best but we conceded two soft goals. This reminds me of the second goal we conceded in Accra,” said Mugadza.

“It’s very sad for us to fail to qualify and I think it’s now back to the drawing board for us to prepare for our game against Zambia for the African Women Championship qualifiers.”

Ghana head coach Yusif Bassigi praised his charges for their resolute performance.

“We knew this was going to be a tough match, but we had an advantage from the first leg. We came with a game plan which we executed very well and we managed to come out with a win and we are excited to qualify,” he said.

“I think Zimbabwe played very well but unfortunately they failed to beat us and it happens in football.”

Going into the match Mugadza’s ladies were looking to overturn the 2-1 defeat which they suffered in the first leg in Accra two weeks ago.

The Mighty Warriors showed their intention in the first minutes controlling the game but they were unlucky to go behind Ankoma’s strike, which came against the run of play.

The Black Queens player caught Dzingirai off guard with a long range shot from near the by line.

The hosts equalised in the 21st minute when Zulu scored with a similar long range shot.

In the second half, Ghana took the lead in the 74th minute when Dzingirai failed to deal with Agnes Adauako’s shot and parried it into her own net.

Zimbabwe replied a minute later through Neshamba, who won the ball just outside the box before sending a powerful shot which beat Fatli Dumahisi.

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