Zimbabwe kicked off their 2018 COSAFA Women Championship campaign with a 1-0 win over Namibia on Thursday morning.

The Mighty Warriors got their goal from Marjory Nyahumwe in the 18th minute following a loose-ball scramble in front of the goal.

Striker Rutendo Makore could have doubled the lead a few moments later but failed to beat the advancing goalkeeper.

Namibia soon found the ground and were denied a penalty on the half-hour mark when Chido Dzingirai hacked down an evading Namibian player inside the 18-yard. Instead, the referee gave a freekick on the edge of the box which went over the bar.

Zimbabwe went on to create some good chances, but could not get another goal before the break.

The second half was rather a low affair between the two sides. Namibia put themselves upfront as they searched for an equaliser but failed to penetrate.

However, they were the ones who almost conceded another goal in the injury time when Makore, who was unlucky throughout the game, blasted her effort over in front of an empty net.

Zimbabwe are second in Group C with three points while Uganda who also won yesterday occupy the first position due to the number of goals they scored.