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Mighty Warriors outclass Banyana in Unity Day trophy

[Posted 22 Dec 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Mighty Warriors outclass Banyana in Unity Day trophy

The Mighty Warriors of Zimbabwe beat South Africa's Banyana Banyana 3-0 in the friendly Zimbabwe Unity Day Challenge Cup match played at the artifical turf of Rufaro Stadium in Harare on Thursday night, and concluded the year on a high.

Zimbabwe's female queens will forever remember 2011 as one of their finest years, a year of real change of fortunes, a year in which the Mighty Warriors managed to record an unprecedented double victory over their more fancied neighbours, Banyana Banyana whom they beat in the COSAFA Women's championships final earlier this year.

Following a goalless first half in which both teams fluffed scoring chances, Zimbabwe exerted their dominance in the second half, in which the home team tore the visitors' defence into shreds with a good passing game complemented by superb finishing from the strikers.

Rudo Neshamba, Rutendo Makore and Kudakwashe Basopo each scored in the second half to crush the visiting South Africans much to the delight of frenzied supporters of the home team present at Zimbabwe's most popular soccer venue.

The victory completed a remarkable year for the female Warriors who won their first ever Cosafa title after beating the same opponents earlier in 2011. The team also had a life-time opportunity to travel to Germany for a training camp.

Mighty Warriors' only blemish in a roller coaster 2011 was the creeping in of complacency after exorcising the demon of failure to beat Banyana in a competitive match, leading to their total collapse at the All-Africa games in Maputo, Mozambique, where the talented ladies lost 4-2 to South Africa on their way out of the competition.

That failure was particularly painful to the Zim queens' coach Rosemary Mugadza who had watched her girls display great football during the Cosafa tournament at home, and the victories they picked up in Germany, with a 2-2 draw against  Germany's Hamburg being the cherry on top.

Inexplicably the Mighty Warriors failed to translate that form and ability into dominance or even simple efficiency when it mattered most, at Maputo 2011, where everybody expected them to roll past their opponents.

Thursday night's emphatic victory over old nemesis Banyana Banyana should go a long way to appease the soccer crazy Mighty Warriors' fans' of the All-Africa Games flop.


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