The two teams were tied one-all following the first leg in Dundo, Angola but goals from Rudo Neshamba and Nomuhle Magiga ensured the Mighty Warriors victory who now join six other qualifiers and hosts Mozambique at the sporting sports festival to be held in Maputo from 3 to 18 September.
With victory secured, soccer fans sang, and danced, while cars raced around the streets of Harare with Zimbabwean flags flapping outside the windows as Zimbabweans celebrated the Mighty Warriors’ qualification to the 2011 All Africa Games after 30 years of trying.
In fact, the Mighty Warriors could have come out with more goals had it been for misses from Neshamba who failed to convert into goals clear cut chances that came her way.
Coach Rosemary Mugadza was elated with the result and promised bigger things to come. ‘I am the happiest person on earth. We worked hard for this and our effort has been rewarded. Our focus is now on bringing the All Africa Games trophy to Zimbabwe,’ said Mugadza.
The Mighty Warriors are hoping to better the achievements of the Zimbabwe Under 23 men’s side the Young Warriors, who in 1995, under the coaching guidance of Wieslaw Grabowski, won a silver medal at the All Africa Games in Harare, losing 2-0 to Egypt in the final.
This is Zimbabwe’s first qualification to the All Africa Games. Although they played at the 2003 Games in Abuja, Nigeria, that appearance was through an invitation from the Confederation of African Football not via the qualification process.
Worse still was the fact that the Mighty Warriors came back after losing all their matches, the same thing that happened at their only appearance at the 2003 African Women’s Championships in South Africa.
This time, Mugadza says, the Mighty Warriors will be at the All Africa Games not to make up the numbers but to challenge for honours.