Zimbabwe, S’Africa qualify for Olympics

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ZIMBABWE – 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.

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.

Neshamba was again Zimbabwe’s match-winner, having scored their crucial away-goal in the first leg in Yaounde.

Zimbabwe booked their place in Rio despite severe financial difficulties facing football in their country.

They were only able to continue in this qualifying tournament after Ivory Coast withdrew.

South Africa also beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in Bata to book their ticket to the Olympics on Sunday.

The first leg ended in goalless draw.

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