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Mighty Warriors off to Germany

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The national women football team, the Mighty Warriors, Friday morning jetted out of the country for a two-week training camp in Germany.

Mavis Gumbo, the women football chief, confirmed the 30-member delegation left the Harare International Airport at 0730hrs aboard the Air Zimbabwe plane to South Africa where they were expected to connect with a Lufthansa flight to the European country.

They are expected to land in Hamburg at 0700hrs today.

“We have sent 24 players and six officials for the training camp courtesy of Klaus Pagels (Zifa technical advisor) in a government-to-government agreement. The team left the country in the morning and will travel via South Africa. They are expected to arrive in Hamburg tomorrow morning (today). We have also included in the delegation an interpreter, Mitchell Vambe, to help the team with the language,” said Gumbo.

The Mighty Warriors are using the trip to fine-tune their squad as they prepare for the 10th edition of the All-Africa Games which kicks off in Maputo, Mozambique, in September.

Gumbo — who returned into the country on Tuesday from Germany where she had an opportunity to watch the Fifa Women World Cup final match — said the Mighty Warriors will play friendly matches with the German women national team and other women teams in the German Women Super league.

From the list that travelled to Germany, the Rosemary Mugadza-coached side retained the squad that did the nation proud by winning the regional tournament.

However, the Mighty Warriors technical director Maxwell Takaendesa Jongwe, who is now Caps United head coach, could not travel with the team as he is preparing his side for the Harare derby against Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow.

The Zimbabwe Under-20 national team, the Young Warriors, who were expected to join the Mighty Warriors in Germany have failed to travel to the European country.

“. . . the Under-20 men’s team, which was initially scheduled to travel with the women for the same purpose (to prepare for the All-Africa Games), has failed to travel due to financial constraints,”

said Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze in a Press statement released late yesterday.

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