Shelly Guni in Port Elizabeth, SOUTH AFRICA
IN THE build up to yesterday’s match against Eswatini, star midfielder Emmaculate Msipa spoke passionately of her burning desire to be clinical in front of goal as she targets to help the Mighty Warriors end a Cosafa Women Championship drought.
And she lived up to her word producing a top performance which saw her scoring four goals while Mavis Chirandu weighed in with a brace, with Rudo Neshamba scoring the other to ensure Mighty Warriors progressed to the semi-finals as Group C leaders sitting on nine points.
For scoring four goals, the Black Rhinos Queens player now leads the scorers’ chart with six goals, one ahead of teammate Rudo Neshamba and South Africa’s Refiloe Jane.
Mighty Warriors will now meet neighbours and rivals South Africa in the semis in what promises to be an explosive clash.
But it was Msipa’s performance which saw her being named Player of the Match for a second game in a row drawing praises from her coach Sithethelelwe ‘Kwinji 15’ Sibanda.
“She has been splendid in her performance. She has got a great working rate. It’s been game number three and I hope she maintains and carries that to the last game,” Sibanda said.
“It was a great game. We didn’t expect to score that much. We have watched them and assessed their play and we had individuals unfortunately they didn’t come to the party.
“The most important thing was maintaining our structure and defensively to deal with their dangerous player and they failed to come to the occasion hence we.”
And on the prospect of facing Banyana Banyna in the semi-finals, Sibanda predicts a tough match but was quick to lament the need to come up with a working game plan.
“One is that they are hosts and secondly they are the defending champions. It’s gonna be a tough match but I’m thinking at the end of the game we have to derive a game plan,” she said.
“We need to measure our strength and maintain that and work on our weaknesses. We have an idea of how South Africa plays and what are their strengths and weaknesses.”