Zimbabwe’s Mighty Warriors lost out to Cameroon in the fight to qualify for the last four of the 2108 COSAFA Women’s Championship as the best loser.
Both teams finished as runners-up in Group B and C but Cameroon’s enormous goal difference (12) was superior to Zimbabwe’s 3.
Zimbabwe kicked off their final group game against Uganda needing just to avoid defeat but ended up losing the match 1-2, losing both the match and pole position.
The Mighty Warriors had seemed fine without the leading striker Rutendo Makore, winning 3-0 against eSwatini, but Zimbabwe struggled to score against Uganda until she was introduced and she scored the consolation and her only goal at this edition.
A group stage exit is a downgrade to the Mighty Warriors’ second place finish in 2017 when the games were played in Bulawayo.
Makore’s goal return is 9 shy of her haul of 10 in 2017.
Chido Dzingirai may as well not retain the golden glove crown having played 2 matches less than in the previous edition.
Cameroon joins Uganda, South Africa and Zambia in the semi-finals. Zambia and Cameroon will face off again, having played in the same group while Uganda face holders South Africa..
Zambia remain the only side yet to concede while Cameroon have scored the most goals, a massive 14. South Africa conceded only once in a 2-1 win over Madagascar, scoring 9 times in three matches.
Zambia edged Cameroon 1-0 during the group stages match up.