Rutendo Makore receives a medal after a perfect display in which she scored 4 goals

Zimbabwe’s Mighty Warriors got off to a bright in the COSAFA Women’s Championships after thrashing Madagascar 4-nil at Babourfields Stadium in Bulawayo to top group A.

Player of the match, Rutendo Makore scored all the four goals to put the hosts in control of the group, which also has Zambi and Malawi.

In a match played earlier, Zambia also massacred Malawi 6-3 and are on second spot in Group A on goal difference.

Namibia had opened the tournament with a 4-nil win over Botswana in an early kick off.

Tomorrow’s matches will see Mauritius playing Swaziland, Kenya locking horns with Mozambique and South Africa clashing with Lesotho.

Zimbabwe’s next match is against Zambia on Friday.

With three groups of four teams, the three group winners and the best runner-up from the three groups will qualify for the semi-finals, which will be played on September 21.

The final will be played three days later on September 24, with the bronze-medal game played the day before.

With 12 teams competing this year, it is the biggest ever field assembled for the COSAFA Women’s Championship and shows the tremendous growth in women’s football in the last decade.

Zimbabwe are the defending championships, having won the last tournament on home soil in 2011.