Zimbabwe have their noses in front in the 2018 TOTAL Women's AFCON final qualifying round first leg following a 1-0 away win over hosts Shepolopolo on Wednesday in Lusaka.
The result at Nkoloma stadium left Zimbabwe needing only a draw at home at Rufaro Stadium in Harare on June 10 to seal their place at the Ghana finals this November.
Zimbabwe settled the first leg contests when striker Rutendo Makore scored the winner in the first half.
Makore tapped in a cross in the 18th minute from Berita Kabwe.
Then Zambia suffered a further setback when their top scorer in the qualifiers with two goals, striker Barbara Banda, suffered an injury and was replaced by Teresa Chewe.
Banda joins striker Etas Banda and midfielder Misozi Zulu on the sidelines who missed the match due to injuries.
It wasn't the bright start the coach Bruce Mwape had hoped for on his debut as Shepolopolo coach a month after replacing Albert Kachinga who quit to take a club appointment.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football