Mighty Warriors Move Closer To AWCON Qualification

The Mighty Warriors edged closer to qualifying for the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) finals after inflicting yet another heavy defeat on Eswatini.

They crushed their opponents 3-0, in their backyard, in the second leg of their qualifier, at Mavuso Sports Centre, in Manzini.

The result means the Mighty Warriors won the two-legged AWCON qualification tie 6-1 after having claimed a 3-1 win at the National Sports Stadium in Harare last week.

Veteran midfielder Marjory Nyaumwe opened the scoring in the first half, just as she did in last week’s reverse fixture.

Maudy Mafuruse doubled the Mighty Warriors’ lead after the break before Shyline Dambamuromo’s goal later in the game put the game beyond their opponents.

Zimbabwe is expected to meet neighbours Botswana in the next round, and should they win their two-legged second round tie, they will qualify for the AWCON which will be played in Morocco next year.

The AWCON is scheduled to take place in July and August 2022 after being previously cancelled because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Next year’s tournament will also serve as the African qualifier for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

The top four teams from the tournament in Morocco will qualify for the global showpiece.

Two more African teams will have a chance to qualify for the World Cup if they win the inter-confederation play-offs.

Meanwhile, the Mighty Warriors remain the most successful national football team in the country.

They are the only ones to feature at the Olympics, after they joined South Africa in Brazil in 2016, as the only two African representatives.

More: NewZimbabwe.com

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