Sworn enemies SA, Zimbabwe revive soccer rivalry

ZIM VS SA womenFrom NDABENI MLOTHSWA in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
BULAWAYO, (CAJ News) – BITTER rivals South Africa and Zimbabwe will resume their enmity on Sunday when they contest the final of the Council of
Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) Women’s Championships.
The epic final between the neighbouring countries will be played at the
40-000 capacity Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second
largest city.
Kickoff is 15h00 local time (13h00 GMT).
Zimbabwe’s Mighty Warriors massacred Kenya 4-0 to progress to the decider
while Banyana Banyana dismissed Zambia 5-3 on penalties following a 3-3
draw in regulation and extra-time.
The hosts grabbed their goals through tournament leading goalscorer
Rutendo Makore, Marjory Nyaumwe, Berita Kabwe and Priviledge Mupeti
against Kenya, the East Africans who were making a special appearance.
In the other semifinal, Banyana were down 0-3 to Zambia before double
scorer Leandra Smeda and Refiloe Jane scored to resuscitate their
The two losing sides will meet in Saturday’s bronze-medal match two hours
South Africa defeated Zimbabwe in the 2002 COSAFA Women’s Championship
final, but the latter got revenge when they claimed the 2011 tournament on
home soil.
Sparks always fly when the two sides meet at all levels of the game.
Zimbabwe ‘s senior men’s national side famously massacred South Africa 4-1 in Harare in 1992 upon the latter’s return to international football.
In 2007, Knowledge Musona scored a memorable hattrick after coming from
the bench to guide Zimbabwe to gold in the COSAFA Under 20 Championships
against home side South Africa in Mpumalanga.
South Africa’s senior men won a tragic 2002 World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Harare, a match most remembered for the death of 12 fans in a stampede.
Crowd trouble also marred the previous COSAFA Women’s Championship final between the two.
CAJ News

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