The Mighty Warriors failed to secure automatic qualification to the semi-finals of the 2018 COSAFA Women Championship after they lost 2-1 to guest nation Uganda.
Zimbabwe needed at least a draw to finish on top of Group C, but the defeat saw the east African country reach the knockout stages instead with seven points while the Mighty Warriors took the second position with six. They now hope to qualify as the second-placed runner-up.
The teams went to the halftime tied in deadlock. A few chances were created during the period with the Mighty Warriors getting the best of it but could not utilise them.
Felistas Muzongondi went close as the second half resume but her effort from a set piece in the 53rd minute sailed over the bar.
Uganda then got into the lead on the hour through substitute Juliet Nalukenge. The Crested Cranes doubled their advantage in the 79th minute courtesy of captain Tracy Akiror who headed in a cross.
As the game went into the injury time, Rutendo Makore pulled one back for the Mighty Warriors.
However, the come back was too late too little to save the day as the game ended 2-1 in favour of Uganda.
In another Group C match played on Monday afternoon, Nambia beat Swaziland 4-1.