Auckland Queens… (2) 3
Inline Academy… (2) 5 (After extra time)
BY Our Staff
BULAWAYO’S Inline Academy twice came from behind to beat a stubborn Auckland Queens in the quarter-finals of the NetOne knock-out tournament at Mazoe’s Jumbo Stadium yesterday.
Mighty Warriors striker, Mavis Chirandu had thrust Auckland Queens in the lead in the 12th minute, but Sibo Nleya levelled the scores in the 27th minute.
Chirandu restored Auckland Queens’ lead four minutes later, only for Rudo Neshamba to again equalise in the 38th minute.
Judith Lunga then thought she had the match in the bag for Inline Academy with a 61st minute penalty, but the exciting Lincy Mpaya’s volley three minutes from time forced the match into extra time.
Neshamba then added her second of the afternoon with a chip over Auckland Queens’ Rauli Sheba before Privilegde Mupeti completed the rout in extra time.
Inline’s win will see them taking on Cyclone in the semi-finals of the competition at a date and venue yet to be announced. Auckland Queens assistant coach Grundy Mhike attributed his team’s loss to lack of match fitness.
“We played very well, but we just lacked match fitness. Had we started training earlier, I am sure we could have won the match,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mighty Warriors technical director, Takaendesa Fanuel Jongwe was on Wednesday afternoon robbed in a kombi on his way to town from Meyrick Park.
The five robbers, who were in a blue kombi, got away with his Nokia E390 cellphone and US$390. Jongwe had boarded the kombi at Meyrick Park and when they were approaching the National Sports Stadium, he was attacked and later dumped near Maranatha Secondary School.