2016 Olympics: Mighty Warriors Score, Lose Again

Zimbabwe's Mighty Warriors scored in all three matches - but conceded half a dozen goals to a classy Australian side in the final match of their 2016 Olympics at the Arena Fonte Nova in Brazil.

This was the worst start for Zimbabwe as they conceded within two minutes.  

Playing a more open expansive game than the previous two, the Mighty Warriros were open to attacks from the Aussies and conceded regularly. 

They were exposed and proved vulnerable to set pieces, as three goals came via corners.
Mighty Warriors in Action 

Goals came via: Clare Polkinghorne, Alanna Kennedy, Kyah Simon and Michelle Heyman twice showed the gulf in class between the two sides. In between it all, first choice goalkeeper was substituted injured. 

Her replacement Lindiwe Magwede on a couple of occasions made some important saves and interventions to prevent it from becoming a runaway rugby score as the number five side in the world turned on its style.

There were flashes of brilliance. One in particular saw substitute Rutendo Makore turn past a few static Aussie defenders and have her shot saved by Mackenzie Arnold in goal.

Then Emmaculate Msipa scored. Zimbabwe broke down a move deep in their own half. 

A few body swerves later, Msipa got the ball, chested it and gave it to the impressive Marjorie Nyaumwe. Nyaumwe returned the ball with a through-pass into the stride of Msipa with the defender lost.  

The shot, in off the post. The crowd went wild as she and her teammates dabbed in the corner. It is in a heavy loss but how many people in the world have an Olympic goal in the debut tournament country, for the first time on such a stage?

Zimbabwe bowed out of contention but they have their heads high. - Online Sources 


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