Zimbabwe and South Africa qualify for Rio….

Rudo Neshamba

Zimbabwe’s women beat Cameroon 1-0 in the second leg of their final Olympic qualifier in Harare to book a place at Rio 2016. They will be joined at next year’s Olympics by South Africa who defeated Equatorial Guinea in Bata 1-0. It is the first time that any Zimbabwe team has qualified for a global football tournament. Rudo Neshamba’s 8th minute goal was enough to send Zimbabwe to Brazil. The result meant the tie finished level at 2-2 on aggregate, with Zimbabwe qualifying on the away-goals rule. It was disappointment for Cameroon who represented Africa at the Women’s World Cup in Canada, reaching the second round. Also on Sunday, South Africa defeated Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in Bata to win the tie by the same score on aggregate after the first leg had ended goal-less.¬†South Africa’s progress to the Olympics makes up for their disappointment of missing out on qualification for the Women’s World Cup earlier this year.

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