Inline through to NetOne final

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INLINE Football Academy are through to the final of the Zimbabwe Women’s Football NetOne Knockout tournament after beating Cyclone Stars 2-1 in a match played at Barham Green Stadium in Bulawayo yesterday.

RONALD MOYO
SPORTS REPORTER

Inline Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Cyclone Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Pamela Bvochora’s 42nd minute goal and an own goal two minutes later from Leona Musikavanhu, were enough for Inline to sail through to the finals.

Cyclone Stars had taken a lead through Greater Bhande in the 31st minute, but poor defending brought their opponents back to the game just before half time.

Inline Academy could have responded quickly, but Rudo Neshamba’s header hit the crossbar in the 39th minute.

Two quick goals just five minutes before half time were enough to decide the finalists who will lock horns with Black Rhinos who eased past Mufakose Queens 6-0 on Saturday to book a ticket in the final.

The second half was fairly balanced, but Inline could have stretched their lead as they created a lot of chances which they failed to convert with Neshamba and Bvochora being the main culprits taking turns to waste clearcut chances.

Inline head coach Sithethelelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda was ecstatic with the win.

“It was a very tough match. I am happy we won. We played very well though we missed a lot of clear cut chances. I know the final will be even tougher. We need to work on our finishing and our defence was not steady as we made some mistakes,” Sibanda said.

Her counterpart Prosper Manzungu credited his opponents for giving them a good run.

“The match was good. Our opponents played well. We played very well too. It was a fairly balanced encounter, but we conceded very soft goals. I am happy with my team for the level they reached because we came into this tournament as underdogs. We lost to a good side,” Manzungu said.