Mighty Warriors through to Olympics final qualifying round

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s women football team have progressed to the final qualifying round of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games after Ivory Coast’s withdrawal.

The Mighty Warriors were supposed to take on Ivory Coast this weekend at Rufaro Stadium in a re-arranged qualifier but the West Africans have pulled out of the competition.

Fifa Head of World Cup, Olympic qualifiers and International Matches Gordon Savic wrote to Zifa yesterday communicating the latest developments.

“Please be informed that we have just been notified by Côte d’Ivoire that they are withdrawing the women’s national team from the current Olympic Qualifiers,” Savic said.

“The third round second-leg match rescheduled for Sunday August 23, 2015 in Harare is thus definitely cancelled.

“In the meantime, we would like to ask Zifa to provide Fifa with written guarantees that, in order to be definitely qualified for the 4th qualifying round (home-and-away series), Zimbabwe will undertake to play both matches and that the necessary funds to play away from home are confirmed to be fully available.

“For your orientation, the opponent in the next round is Cameroon and the first-leg match would take place in Yaoundé on either 2nd or 3rd or 4th October while the return leg match would be played in Harare a fortnight later.”

The Might Warriors will now meet Cameroon in a two-legged play-off in October if Zifa provides Fifa with the written guarantee they will be able finance the two matches.

The winner of the play-off will qualify for the Rio Olympic Games to be held in August next year.

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