Zimbabwe’s Mighty Warriors have lifted the 2011 Unity Cup trophy after a 3-nil victory over South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in a Unity Cup Challenge match played at Rufaro stadium this Thursday afternoon.


The Mighty Warriors trounced Banyana Banyana 3-nil with goals from Rudo Neshamba, Rutendo Makore and Kudakwashe Bhasopo.

The victory cast a bright future for the women’s national team who had in the past played second fiddle to their much pampered South African opponents.

Zimbabwe showed a polished, improved determination and despite a first half deadlock, rose to ascertain their presence among Southern African footballing giants when Neshamba beautifully curled from a left foot in the 47th minute.

Substitute Rutendo Makore then extended Zimbabwe’s lead to 2-nil in the 79th minute after slotting a grass cutter that beat Banyana’s substitute goalminder Roxanne barker.

Bhasopo was then to pronounce case closed for the visitors, netting the third right in added time.

With Zimbabwe set to begin their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers this January against Botswana, coach Rosemary Mugadza felt the Unity Cup match gave her a good picture of the work needed going forward.

But the disappointment was clearly written all over South African mentor, Joseph Mkhonza’s face who is also preparing a squad for next year’s Olympics.

With a capacity crowd at Rufaro Stadium, the victory has certainly won back the hearts of many Mighty Warriors’ supporters who where beginning to doubt them after a disappointing All Africa Games tour.