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Mighty warriors through to the next round

Mighty Warriors star Rudo Neshamba jostling for possession with Tanzanian defender

Mighty Warriors star Rudo Neshamba jostling for possession with Tanzanian defender

The Zimbabwe senior women’s football team are through to the next round of the Africa women cup of nations after a one all draw with Tanzania in a match played at Rufaro stadium in Harare on Sunday.

A draw was all the mighty warriors needed as they went into the match with a slight 2- 1 lead from their away win a week ago in Tanzania, where Erina Jeke had scored a brace.

Tanzania was the first team to score in the 4th minute through a penalty by Donisia Daniel. Swaziland referee Letticia Antonella Viana awarded a penalty to the Twiga stars after Lynette Mutokuto had handled the ball in the box.

The Mighty warriors proved why they are among the best, equalizing in the 11th minute later with a beauty goal from Daisy Kaitano.

Kaitano utilized Mavis Chirandu’s a rebound effort which had hit the post.

The Mighty warriors then wasted a lot of chances with striker Rudo Neshamba and Mavis Chirandu taking turns to miss.

In the second half Zimbabwe came a better side but a tale of missed chances was all that one could write home.

The match ended in a draw and Zimbabwe proceeded on a 3- 2 aggregate scoreline.

Zimbabwean coach Shadreck Mlauzi said the match was tough but at the same time gave praises to the girls for a determined finish.

“It was a difficult team we knew we were up against a team that is tactical. They did not play according to plan but I am happy we made it,” said Mlauzi.

Commenting on the upcoming match against Zambia Mlauzi said his team would prepare adequately and make sure they qualify to the tournament.

“The upcoming match is going to be very difficult and we are going to be work according to the information we get about the opposition,” he said.

ZIFA President DR Philip Chiyangwa and the Minister of Sports and Recreation CDE Makhosini Hlongwane were among the people who attended the match.

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