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Young Warriors through to face South Africa

ZIMBABWE pulled through to the last Under 23 Championship qualifying round when they held Swaziland to a 2-2 draw at Somhlolo Stadium in Mbabane on Sunday.
After playing out a goalless draw at Rufaro last Sunday, the Young Warriors qualified via the away goals rule after Tino Kadewere and Ronald Pfumbidzayi scored in the second half to force a share of the spoils.
Zimbabwe will now play South Africa later this month with the victor over two legs going through to the finals in Senegal which serve as a qualifier for the Rio 2016 Olympic finals.
If Zimbabwe emerge in the top three in Senegal, they will automatically qualify for the Olympics while a fourth place finish guarantees them a playoff against an Asian team.
The Young Warriors conceded a penalty in the 41st minute when Blessing Moyo handled in the box and Mxolisi Mkhontfo converted.
But Zimbabwe drew level 10 minutes after the breather when substitute Tino Kadewere scored from inside the box after he had come in for Pritchard Mpelele.
But Swaziland were back in the lead in the 65th minute through Muzi Dlamini before they retreated back to defending their lead.
But they conceded a penalty 10 minutes from time that Ronald Pfumbidzayi scored to seal a memorable draw for the Young Warriors and passage to the next round.
In the women’s Olympic qualifier, Zimbabwe beat Zambia 1-0 at Rufaro on Sunday for a 2-2 aggregate draw and passage into the second qualifying round.
The Mighty Warriors had lost 2-1 in the first leg last week at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
Felistas Muzongondi’s goal from a free-kick on 24th did the damage.
Zimbabwe’s next opponent is Ivory Coast in July.
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