Two late goals secured the Zimbabwe senior women’s team passage to the second round of qualifiers for the Africa Women Cup of Nations to be hosted by Ghana later this year.
Zimbabwe hosted Namibia at Rufaro stadium on 8 April with a commanding 2-0 aggregate lead and they maintained it throughout the first half before Emmaculate Msipa and Mavis Chirandu scored to give the Mighty Warriors an emphatic 4-0 aggregate victory.
The visitors began the game with a lot of promise, getting the better of the Zimbabwean defence on occasion but Chido Dzingirai kept the hosts in the game.
Zenatha Coleman carved a number of chances for her teammates but a combination of her teammates’ profligacy and Dzingirai’s alertness meant the game would go into the interval goalless.
Had they taken their chances, Namibia would have been out of sight when the second half resumed, and they were made to regret by Zimbabwe’s ruthless and clinical finishing.
Nobukhosi Ncube provided both assists with dipping crosses into the box for Msipa and Chirandu to finish.
Though under pressure for long periods in the second half, Namibia almost scored but Ncube cleared off the line to maintain Zimbabwe’s clean sheet.
The Mighty Warriors will play against Zambia’s Shepolopolo in back to back matches between 4 and 12 June. The first leg will be played in Zambia and the final 90 minutes back at home.
Dzingirai, Ncube, Makoto, Majika, Mutokuto, Mandaza, Nyaumwe, Msipa, Chirandu (Nyama), Kabwe (Muzongondi), Jeke (Mafuruse)
Matheus, Kasaona, Amukwaya, Mulunga, Katuta, Naris, Ngonda, Kotjipati, Adams Amukoto, Coleman