Mighty War­riors coach happy with win

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

ZIM­BABWE’S Mighty War­riors claimed an open­ing vic­tory in Group C at the Cosafa Women’s Cham­pi­onships in South Africa yes­ter­day thanks to a first half goal from Mar­jory Nyaumwe in a 1-0 suc­cess over Namibia.

It was a hard-fought clash in which both sides had op­por­tu­ni­ties to score af­ter that, with the best fall­ing to Zim­babwe’s usu­ally pro­lific Ru­tendo Makore, who missed an ex­cel­lent chance with the goal gap­ing.

Zim­babwe sit sec­ond in Group C be­hind East African guests Uganda, who claimed a thrilling 4-3 vic­tory over Swazi­land in their opener on Wed­nes­day.

“We man­aged to main­tain our de­fen­sive struc­ture and or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Zim­babwe coach Si­thethelelwe Sibanda said.

“It was tough luck to Namibia, they played a great game.

“In tour­na­ments, the most im­por­tant thing is to get points and for the play­ers to get con­fi­dence, so it is great to have started with a win. We did not play to our best, but it’s great we man­aged to get the points.

“I am sure we will be bet­ter in the sec­ond match.”

Zim­babwe will be back in ac­tion to­day when they take on Eswa­tini (Swazi­land) in the lunchtime kick-off at 1pm, with vic­tory giv­ing them a chance to put the other sides in Group C un­der pres­sure.

Mpeh Bis­song scored a hat­trick as Cameroon showed their po­ten­tial with an 8-1 vic­tory over Mozam­bique in their Group B opener in Nel­son Man­dela Bay.

The Cameroo­ni­ans are the high­est ranked team in the com­pe­ti­tion and showed all their qual­ity in the rout, which will come as a timely re­minder to their ri­vals that they are in South Africa to lift the tro­phy.

Raissa Mbappe got the scor­ing un­der way early and later added a sec­ond for her brace, but Bis­song stole the show with a qual­ity tre­ble that showed her clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing in front of goal.

It was the biggest win of the tour­na­ment so far as Cameroon also net­ted through Abena grew in con­fi­dence, frus­trated us and got what they wanted.

“In terms of de­fence, we were bet­ter and that’s a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment con­sid­er­ing how we con­ceded in the last match.”

Peace Makaha’s in­jury also robbed them of thrust down the chan­nels.

“We didn’t have Ocean Mushure and we had de­ployed Peace (Makaha), but un­for­tu­nately, he got in­jured and we were forced to im­pro­vise again,” said Mu­tasa.

“That also forced us to change our game plan and it af­fected the rhythm.”

Dh­lakama hailed his men for the Ni­non, Charlene Mey­ong and Agnes Nkada.

“It was a good match for us,” Cameroon coach Joseph Ndoko said, be­fore adding praise for Mozam­bique de­spite the score­line. I was very im­pressed with them, it shows that many other African coun­tries are im­prov­ing.

“We showed good men­tal strength, which we will need when we go to the African Women’s Cham­pi­onship (in Novem­ber). We told our play­ers in the pre-match meet­ing we wanted them to send a strong mes­sage about our abil­ity for the re­main­ing matches, even though we take them step-by-step.”

Cameroon’s fel­low African Women’s Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fiers Zam­bia cruised to a 2-0 vic­tory over Le­sotho in the other match in Group B.


Zim­babwe 1 (Mar­jory Nyaumwe) Namibia 0; Cameroon 8 (Raissa Mbappe 2, Mpeh Bis­song 3, Abena Ni­non, Charlene Mey­ong, Agnes Nkada) Mozam­bique 1 (Ci­dalia Cuta); Zam­bia 2 (Misozi Zulu, Bar­bra Banda) Le­sotho 0. — Cosafa. point although he felt they should have won the match.

“I think it was a dif­fi­cult match for us, my boys were a lit­tle bit tired, but I am happy with the point picked away from home,” said Dh­lakama.


Dy­namos: S. Chi­nani, P. Dube, P. Makaha (G. Mukambi 37th min) , M. Mac­haz­ane, J. Marufu, J. Tigere, G. Saun­yama, D. Mukamba, B. Amidu (Q. Kan­gadzi 62nd min) , K. Kumwala (P. Mu­tasa 79th min) , K. Nkhatha

Cha­pungu: T. Shumba, E. Chi­tauro, H. Mu­go­niwa, C. Kwaramba, B. Mbavarira, M. Moenda, I. Ny­oni (X. Ncube 74th min) J. Jam, A. Tavar­wisa (P. Marufu 57th min) , C. Rupiya, R. Manu­vire (M. Mavuto 63rd min)

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