Missing the services of coach Rosemary Mugadza, who was attending to a family bereavement, the Mighty Warriors were a pale shadow of the team Zimbabweans are used to. They could not string one or two passes together and the result justifies the means.
The Zimbabweans will now have to produce something more astounding that in the past in the return leg if they are dreaming of qualifying for the finals to be held in Namibia.
The Mighty Warriors last qualified for the continental rendezvous way back in 2002 when Mugadza was still a player and coach of the side in the finals which were held in South Africa. Since then it was been so near and yet so far for the team as they were on most of occasions eliminated by powerhouses Nigeria. After overcoming Botswana and drawn with Zambia, the Mighty Warriors appeared to have been given an easier passage to the finals but alas, they lost it at home.
The three top teams at the 16 country African Women’s Championships will qualify to represent Africa at the 2015 Women’s football World Cup and even if they eliminate Zambia and qualify for the African Women’s Championships, the Mighty Warriors do not seem to have the skill and overall strength to qualify for the World Cup.
The reason could be the fact that there is no active football league in the country at the moment due to the non-availability of a sponsor following the withdrawal of Marange Resources.Post published in: Football