The Mighty Warriors solidified their place in the semi-finals of the Cosafa Women’s Championship after a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Botswana at Dobsonville Stadium in South Africa on Wednesday afternoon.
With this result, the Mighty Warriors will now face Zambia in Friday’s semi-final clash.
Needing just a single point to top Group C, the Mighty Warriors got off to a fantastic start by taking an early lead in the fourth minute. Ennety Chemhere proved to be the hero as she headed home a corner, rewarding coach Shadreck Mlauzi’s tactical decisions.
Mlauzi made two changes to the starting lineup for the crucial match against Botswana. Ennety Chemhere was brought in to partner Christabel Katona in attack, replacing Shyline Dambamuromo.
Additionally, Alice Moyo stepped in for the suspended Vimbai Mharadzi in midfield.
Botswana, determined to secure their own spot in the semi-finals, fought back and managed to equalize in the 85th minute. Exploiting a defensive lapse, they set the stage for a tense finale.
However, despite five minutes of added time, the Mighty Warriors held firm and showed resilience, denying any significant danger to their goal. Priviledge Mupeti’s outstanding performance earned her the well-deserved title of Player of the Match.
With this hard-fought draw, the Mighty Warriors secured their place among the top four teams in the Cosafa Women’s Championship. Their semi-final encounter against Zambia promises to be an exciting and highly anticipated match, as both teams vie for a spot in the final.