The match held on Thursday (10 November 2016) saw the Banyana Banyana dominate their host Mighty Warriors, and serves a huge boost to the former.
It took the visitors only 17 minutes to go ahead through Kgatlana but Zimbabwe held on till the break only to crumble in a second half which was played on a heavy and slippery pitch due to a downpour that descended during the break and continued into the second half.
It could have been more capitulation for the Mighty Warriors but Chido Dzingirai made a couple of crucial saves, one being a powerful drive inside the box from Octavia Nogwanya.
After a first half of little goalmouth action, Zimbabwe were revamped following the introduction of Rutendo Makore, Kudakwashe Basopo and Emmaculate Msipa in the second period, and with a little bit of good fortune, the hosts could have scored a consolation goal.
Makore and Basopo both went close but on both occasions, but South African goalie Andile Dlamini was alert to deny them.
Zimbabwe’s frustration in front of goal continued till the end of the match with head coach
Shadreck Mlauzi admitting his squad has to improve on all shortcomings exposed during the encounter.
“Our team shape was too open, so these are some of the things that we need to work on. We need to be a bit better in terms of the offensive part as well, that’s where we fell short; our attacks easily broke down,” Mlauzi said.
Incidentally, the two teams will face off again at the final tournament of the Women’s AFCON where they are housed in Group A alongside host Cameroon and Egypt. Group B has holders Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Mali.
Meanwhile, South Africa has since returned to their base and are expected to leave for Cameroon on Tuesday, 15 November 2016.