Herentals Queens Extend Lead in Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League

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Herentals Queens lead ZWSL with a 2-0 win.
Black Rhinos suffer first defeat to Chapungu Queens.
Harare City climbs to sixth with 4-0 victory.
Highlanders Royals move up after 3-1 win over MSU.

Dominant Performance Secures Top Spot

Herentals Queens opened a significant three-point lead in the Zimbabwe Women Soccer League (ZWSL) after their convincing 2-0 victory over Black Mambas Queens at the National Sports B Arena in Harare. This win, coupled with Black Rhinos’ unexpected loss, propelled Herentals to the top of the league standings, showcasing their determination to dominate this season.

Early Lead and Solid Defense

The match saw an early breakthrough as Melody Mafuruse netted her first goal just three minutes into the game. Her exceptional form continued as she scored her second goal right before halftime, securing a solid 2-0 lead for Herentals. This early advantage allowed the Lady Students to control the game, displaying impressive defense that left Black Mambas unable to respond.

Black Rhinos’ First Defeat

In a surprising turn of events, Black Rhinos suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 2-1 to Chapungu Queens at Manyame Airbase. Ethel Chinyerere put Chapungu ahead in the 16th minute, but Rhinos quickly equalized through Daisy Kaitano. The decisive moment came when Natasha Ndowa scored in the 33rd minute, securing a victory for Chapungu and marking a significant upset for Black Rhinos.

Mid-Table Movements

Chapungu’s win allowed them to maintain their fourth position in the 16-team league, while Correctional Queens also held onto third place. Platinum Royals remained steady in fifth position with 17 points after defeating Maningi Youth Academy 1-0, thanks to a crucial goal from Charity Karuru just before halftime.

Harare City on the Rise

Harare City Queens were the weekend’s biggest movers, leaping from ninth to sixth place after a resounding 4-0 victory over Conduit Soccer Academy at Mudhindo Stadium. Eunice Chibanda’s hat-trick and a goal from Faith Chisi showcased the attacking prowess of the Lady Citizens, marking a significant improvement in their league standing.

Maningi Youth Academy Slips

Despite their efforts, Maningi Youth Academy slipped to seventh place following their narrow 1-0 defeat to Platinum Royals. Charity Karuru’s decisive goal in the 44th minute made the difference, demonstrating the fine margins that can define league positions.

Highlanders Royals Climb the Table

Highlanders Royals also made significant strides, moving up two places to 10th after a 3-1 victory over MSU Queens in Gweru. Mitchel Guri’s hat-trick was instrumental in securing the win, while MSU managed a consolation goal through Tariro Dzingisai.

Weekend Results

The weekend’s action saw a variety of results across the league:

  • Conduit Soccer Academy 0-4 Harare City Queens: Harare City’s dominant performance marked a significant rise in their league standing.
  • Correctional Queens 1-0 Faith Drive Academy: A narrow victory helped Correctional Queens maintain their position near the top.
  • Herentals Queens 2-0 Black Mambas Queens: Herentals’ win solidified their top spot.
  • Platinum Royals 1-0 Maningi Youth Soccer Academy: A crucial win for Platinum Royals kept them in fifth place.
  • ZRP Harare Queens 0-1 Sheasham Gweru Queens: A tight contest with Sheasham emerging victorious.
  • MSU Queens 1-3 Highlanders Royals: Highlanders Royals’ strong performance saw them climb the table.
  • Chapungu Queens 2-1 Black Rhinos Queens: A significant upset for Black Rhinos.
  • Hope Academy 0-0 Mutare City Queens: A stalemate concluded the weekend’s matches.

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