COSAFA WOMEN’S CUP: Mighty Warriors salvage draw against Shepolopolo

The high flying hosts came from behind to snatch a draw against Zambia in their second match of the Cosafa Women’s Championship at Barbourfields on Friday.

By SportBrief Reporter

The Mighty Warriors’ perfect start to the COSAFA tournament was halted by a stubborn Zambia as they had to come from behind to grab a 1-1 draw on Friday.

The hosts, having made a flying start to their campaign by beating Madagascar 4-0 in their opening match, came into the match brimming with confidence.

However, they were soon brought down to earth in the 27th minute when Barbara Banda struck to put the Zambians ahead and silence the home crowd.

Shepolopolo managed to hold on to the lead until half time, but upon match resumption, the hosts struck to restore parity through in-form striker Rutendo “Madzimai” Makore.

The star forward scored her fifth goal of the tournament in the 48th minute, an impressive tally that more than underlines her ruthlessness in front of goal in the tournament so far.

The match eventually ended 1-1 with the result leaving both nations tied on four points with Zambia having thrashed Malawi 6-3 in the opening fixture.

Malawi are third with three points after their 6-3 thrashing of whipping girls Madagascar in the other Group A match played Friday afternoon.

The Mighty Warriors will now face Malawi in their final group game on Sunday whilst Zambia have a relatively will square off against Madagascar on the same day.

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