Zambia women’s team go down in Zimbabwe
Zambia Senior Women’s National Football Team has narrowly lost 1 – 0 to Zimbabwe in the first leg, second round of the Cameroon 2016 Africa Women Championship qualifier.
A lone goal at the half time stroke by Kudakwashe Basopo was enough to see Zimbabwe emerging triumphant in the Zambezi battle.
Zimbabwe pressed well right from the start and could have gone ahead as early as the 16th minute when Basopo almost caught Zambian goalie Hazel Nali off guard with shot-cum cross.
Zambia were pressing for a smash and grab goal in the final minutes of the first half but with the the referee’s optional time already indicated Basopo pounced on a long clearance from the Zambian attack, controlled the ball with her right foot and lobbed the ball over the advancing Zambian goal keeper to give the hosts a lead.
Zambia were the better side in the second half and came close through Misozi Zulu in the 68th minute.
Nali made a point blank save in the last minute to ensure that the scoreline remained decent for Zambia.
Zimbabwe Coach Shadreck Mlauzi said they played according to plan and was elated by the result.
“We played according to our plan. We did not want to concede any goal here as playing away is a different ball game together. We are happy we did not concede at home. International football is never easy. Zambia was predominantly a physical side. Our approach in Zambia would be to balance between attack and defence”, said Mlauzi.
Zambian coach Albert Kachinga slammed his charges for complacency in the minutes leading to a Zimbabwean goal.
“We went to sleep, it was just a few seconds before half time was enough to cost us the game,” said the Kachinga.
Zimbabwe carry their unbeaten run to Lusaka where they will wrestle for qualification with their Cosafa rivals on Sunday.
Zambia Women XI vs Zimbabwe
16 Hazel Nali, 2 Grace Zulu , 4 Anita Mulenga , 6 Mary Wilombe , 8 Rhoda Chileshe, 9 Hellen Mubanga, 10 Noria Sosala, 13 Martha Tembo, 15 Annie Kibanji, 17 Barbra Banda, 18 Grace Chanda,
Chido Dzingirai, Felistas Muzongondi (c), Patience Mujuru, Sheila Makoto, Nobuhle Majika, Lynett Mutokuto, Emmaculate Msipa, Tendai Mandaza, Erina Jeke, Kudakwashe Basopo, Marjory Nyaumwe.
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