The Zimbabwean women’s football team has qualified for the AFCON women finals, having defeated Zambia with a 4-2 win.
The Zambian team had put up a fight, coming from behind twice to level up to the scoreline.
The opening goal was scored by Kudakwashe Basopo, who scored the only goal for the Zimbabwean Super Warriors during the first leg.
Zambia’s Noria Sosala leveled up with a goal in the first half. However, few minutes before the break Samkelisiwe Zulu restored Zimbabwe’s lead with a goal.
Zambia made a comeback after the break, through the help of Misozi Zulu who scored a goal from the penalty spot. However, Zimbabwe’s Emmaculate Msipa scored a last-minute goal thereby securing their place at the AFCON women finals and kicking out Zambia in the process.
This qualification is an additional feather to the cap of the Zimbabweans having qualified for the Rio Olympics in October 2015.
This is also the fourth time the Zimbabwe Super Warriors have qualified for the AFCON women finals. However, the highest the team has ever reached is fourth place.
The African women’s Cup Of Nation which will be hosted in Cameroon this year in November has 6 more slots in addition to Cameroon’s and Zimbabwe’s.
Ivory Coast hosts Egypt today and must comeback from their 1-0 loss in the first leg if they are to qualify.
The final qualifiers are set for Tuesday. The Algerian team travels to Kenya as both teams battle it out to come back from the draw conceded in their first leg. Reigning champions, Nigeria will also host Senegal in hopes of doing better than the 1-1 draw in the first leg.
Having won the first leg with a 2-1 win over Tunisia, the Ghanaians will host the Tunisians on Tuesday as well. Likewise the South African team who had secured an away win in the first leg will host Botswana on same Tuesday.