0Shares0000Ogiro Dorris (r) of Kenya during the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship football match between Kenya and Mozambique at Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo on 14 September 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePixNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21- A series of defensive frailties and a disastrous day in office saw Harambee Starlets lose 4-0 to hosts Zimbabwe in the semi-finals of the COSAFA Women’s Championship on Thursday evening at the Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.Goals from Rutendo Makore, Berita Kabwe, Marjory Nyaumwe and Priviledge Mupeti gave the hosts the comfortable win as they booked a date with South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in their third ever COSAFA final. South Africa made it to the final in superb fashion after beating Zambia 5-3 on post-match penalties. Banyana had come from three goals down, scoring three goals in six minutes to force the game into penalties.Starlets Head coach Richard Kanyi was proud of his girls’ performance but blamed the slump on nerves.“We lost this game because of the mental bit of it. We could not sustain the pressure and we ended up making many mistakes. But I am happy with how we fared in the tournament because our target was to get to the semi-finals. We pick the lessons and begin preparations for CECAFA now,” Kanyi said after the game.Starlets went into the match as hot favorites having progressed to the semis with a 100 percent record while Zimbabwe managed to squeeze in by the skin of their teeth, pulling through as the best losers.Shiela Makoto of Zimbabwe challenged by Jereko Adam of Kenya during the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship Semifinal football match at Barbourfields Stadium, Bulawayo on 21 September 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePixBut on game day, the Mighty Warriors came in a different outfit and buoyed by an almost capacity stadium, they gave the Kenyan girls a run for their money.Danger-girl Makore showed signs of what would be expected of her in the eighth minute when she outmuscled her markers inside the box but her eventual shot was well collected by Kenya shot stopper Pauline Atieno.But she broke the deadlock just two minutes later when Juliet Auma missed a clearance, the ball landing on the Zimbabwe forward who shot low past Atieno after finding space on the half turn.Zimbabwe took cruise control of the match and dictated the tempo, passing the ball around the field while Starlets failed to match the tempo. Kenya’s two best players, Mwanahalima Adam and Neddy Atieno who have scored 11 goals between them in three matches were hugely starved of the ball.-Kabwe goal-Berita Kabwe of Zimbabwe challenged by Juliet Andibo of Kenya during the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship Semifinal football match at Barbourfields Stadium, Bulawayo on 21 September 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePixThe hosts then went into the break two up when Kabwe took advantage of another defensive lapse, this time from Dorcas Shikobe whose headed clearance from a cross bumped on the Zimbabwe midfielder’s chest, in turn breaking into the box and firing home.After the break, the Mighty Warriors seemed to have all but wrapped up the game when Nyaumwe’s freekick from the left drifted all the way into the net after miscommunication between keeper Atieno and defender Auma.Immediately, Kanyi was pushed into his first change, bringing off Lucy Mukhwana for Cherish Avilia in a bid to bolster the midfield and increase Kenya’s possession of the ball. Mercy Achieng was also brought on for Carolyne Kiget.But still Kenya were hugely subdued by their hosts.In the 73rd minute, Makore almost added her second courtesy of another defensive lapse but her header from a Danai Bhobho cross went inches wide with the keeper off her line.Kenya’s best chance of the game fell on substitute Achieng whose shot from the edge of the box after skipping past her markers went straight to the Zimbabwe keeper.The hosts then drove the final nail in Kenya’s coffin four minutes from time when Mupeti slammed the ball home after Makore had done well to win the ball from a missed Kenyan clearance, toeing her teammate through.Starlets will now face Zambia in the third and fourth place playoff on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2For the first time, the U.S. officials said they believed, they had a source deep inside his terrorist group. Al-Zarqawi, the source told them, was in the little house in the palm grove. U.S. jets were in the sky above. In recent weeks, U.S. officials said, they had begun following a man who they believed could lead them directly to al-Zarqawi: his “spiritual adviser,” a man named Sheikh Abd al-Rahman. A member of al-Zarqawi’s network, captured by the Americans, had told them that the sheik was al-Zarqawi’s most trusted adviser. Some weeks ago, U.S. officials said, they began tracking al-Rahman with a remotely piloted aircraft, hoping he would lead them to their quarry. “This gentlemen was key to our success in finding Zarqawi,” said Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the spokesman for the U.S. military in Baghdad. “Through painstaking intelligence effort, they were able to start tracking him, monitoring his movements and establishing when he was doing his link-ups with Zarqawi.” BAGHDAD, Iraq – Muhammad Ismael, a 40-year-Iraqi taxi driver, was standing outside his home in the tiny village of Hibhib on Wednesday evening when something unusual caught his eye. Three GMC trucks, each with blackened windows, rumbled past his home and toward the little house in a nearby grove of date palms that for more than three years had stood abandoned. “It was something very strange,” Ismael said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “That house is always empty.” Meanwhile, in Baghdad, U.S. military commanders believed they had at last cornered Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian terrorist whose murderous onslaught against Iraqi civilians and U.S. troops made him the most wanted man in all of Iraq. Yet for all the excitement, one critical piece of the puzzle still remained: The Americans might be able to track Rahman, but how would they know when he was meeting with al-Zarqawi? The Americans had gotten close before, but al-Zarqawi managed to escape. He was an elusive and wary figure who knew well how much the Americans relied on high technology to track down suspects: He and his men had refrained from using cell phones, knowing how easily they could be tracked. Instead, U.S. officials said, they had come to rely on hand-held satellite phones, manufactured by a company called Thuraya, to communicate with each other. The Thurayas were more difficult to track. What the Americans had always lacked was someone inside al-Zarqawi’s network, al-Qaida in Mesopotamia, who would betray him – someone close enough and trusted enough to show the Americans where he was. According to a Pentagon official, the Americans finally got one. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the raid are classified, said an Iraqi informant inside al-Qaida in Mesopotamia provided the critical piece of intelligence about al-Rahman’s meeting with al-Zarqawi. The source’s identity wasn’t clear – nor was it clear how that source was able to pinpoint al-Zarqawi’s location without getting killed himself. “We have a guy on the inside who led us directly to Zarqawi,” the official said. In a news release on Thursday morning, U.S. military commanders hinted strongly that a member of al-Zarqawi’s inner circle had pointed the way. Iraqi officials confirmed that al-Zarqawi had indeed been sold out by one of his own. “We have managed to infiltrate this organization,” said Mowaffak al-Rubiae, Iraq’s national security adviser. He declined to elaborate. Just how the Americans were able to receive the information from the source was also unclear. In an interview, a Jordanian official close to the investigation said that the mission that killed al-Zarqawi was a joint operation conducted by the Americans and Jordanian intelligence. The source inside al-Zarqawi’s group, the Jordanian official said, had been cultivated at least in part by Jordanian intelligence agents. “There was a man from Zarqawi’s group who handed over the information,” the Jordanian official said. “It was someone who was part of the group.” Meanwhile, back in Hibhib, Ismael again noticed something strange. Of the three GMC trucks that pulled up to the house in the date palm grove, only two of them stayed. One of them drove away and never came back. Whether the departing GMC contained the source who tipped off the Americans about al-Zarqawi’s location is unknown. In addition to the human source, U.S. officials said they used several different methods to track al-Zarqawi and al-Rahman: They said they also relied on “electronic signals intelligence” communications intercepts that allowed someone to track the location of, say, the user of a satellite telephone. For the first time, U.S. officials said believed they had located al-Zarqawi with absolute certainty. In Baghdad, U.S. military officials decided to launch a military operation. They called in a pair of F-16 fighter jets that were patrolling the skies above the area. Commandos from Task Force 145, the secret anti-terrorist unit, moved rapidly into Hibhib and surrounded the palm grove. They dropped two bombs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!