Zimbabwe stuttered at the ongoing 10th edition of the All-Africa Games in Maputo Mozambique after the country’s medal hopefuls, the Mighty Warriors, were whacked 4-1 by a second-string South African Banyana Banyana at the Maxaquene Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Star midfielder Marjory Nyaumwe scored for the Mighty Warriors to make the score 2-1 before half-time, but Banyana Banyana completed the rout with another two goals on the other side of the half.
Mighty Warriors coach Rosemary Mugadza blamed complacency for her team’s demoralising defeat.
“Their performance was nothing short of a disaster.
We missed nine clear-cut chances in the opening minutes and they thought they would overrun South Africa. They scored two quick goals and we never recovered. In the second half we tried hard to come back into the match, but again we failed to convert the chances we created and we were punished on the other end. We have put ourselves in a very tight situation as we now have to win our remaining two matches in our group to qualify for the next round,” said Mugadza from Maputo on Monday.
The Mighty Warriors will now square up with Africa’s second best ranked team, Ghana, who were playing another Group B member Tanzania on Monday.
The Zimbabwe women’s team will play their last group matches against the Twiga Stars of Tanzania on Thursday, a team they beat in the Cosafa Women Championships this year.
Only one team from the group will qualify for the semi-final.