The Mighty Warriors have progressed to the semi-finals of the tournament thanks to an assist from Kenya who beat Group B contenders Swaziland in the Cosafa Women’s Championship football final qualifier at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
By SportBrief Reporter
Kenya did the Cosafa tournament hosts a huge favour as their 1-0 defeat of Swaziland ensured Zimbabwe qualified to the tournament semi-finals.
That win took Kenya to the top spot in Group B, a result that also meant that Group A runners-up Zimbabwe advanced as the best second-placed team.
Kenya, came into the match having rested some of their key players who helped them beat Mozambique 5-2 in the first game and the 11-0 thrashing of Mauritius and had already qualified for the semi-finals.
And the Kenyans played with composure as they left it late to beat Swaziland with striker Mercy Achieng scoring a minute into optional time for the East Africans to book their place in the semi-finals.
The East Africans will now take on Zimbabwe in Thursday’s second semifinal at the Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo, with Zambia and South Africa to contest the earlier fixture at the same venue.
The Mighty Warriors campaign so far has been largely underwhelming considering what was expected of them and with them being the hosts of the tournament, they would have to pull up their socks when they square off against Kenya.