It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for Zimbabwean football.
The Mighty Warriors sailed through to the final round of the 2016 African Women’s Championships at a time when Harare City were eliminated from the Caf Confederations Cup.
The Mighty Warriors stuttered to a one-all draw against Tanzania but still sailed through to the next round following their 2-1 win away from home two weeks ago.
However, Mighty Warriors coach Shadreck Mhlauzi thinks his team did not play well at home and should go a gear up against Zambia in their next and final qualifying game.
“It was quite a very difficult game. We came up against a technically sound team. Today we were not at our best given the manner in which we played in Tanzania,” said Mhlauzi.
According to captain, Felistus Muzongondi, they need to utilize scoring opportunities that will come their way if they are going to sail through to the finals.
“We have to utilize our chances. When we go back to training we are going to work more on that,” said Muzongondi.
At the same time, Harare City lost 3-1 to Zambia’s Zanaco in a Caf Confederation Cup encounter. They lost 5-2 on goal aggregate.
Coach Taurayi Mangiro said they created enough chances which could have seen them come out victors.
“We had two very good opportunities which could have sent us very high up there. They came back strongly in the second half and won the game,” said Mangwiro.
Former Zimbabwe champions Highlanders are through to the semi-finals of the Zimbabwe National Army Charities shield after overcoming FC platinum 4-3 on penalties.
The two teams had ended the game one-all in regulation time. Focus now shifts to Zimbabwe’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland on Friday. The full Zimbabwean squad is expected in camp by Tuesday.