The national women football team, the Mighty Warriors, got their Germany tour off to a great start, easing past a German women national league second-tier team TSV Eintracht Immenbeck 2-0 at the Jahn Stadium on Tuesday evening in the small farming city of Buxtehude.
Coach Rosemary Mugadza fielded her possible strongest side for the encounter, and the players on show in turn looked good in the first match of their two-week training camp here as preparations for the All-Africa Games to be held in Maputo, Mozambique, in September enter top gear.
Rudo Neshamba grabbed a brace.
Mugadza made three changes in the 66th minute, bringing in Cosafa Women Championships golden boot winner Rufaro Machingura, Emmaculate Msipa and Kudakwashe Basopo.
Coaching personnel from both sides declared themselves pleased with the performance of their teams.
“We won the match comfortably, but besides the scoreline there are many positives we got from that game,” said Mugadza after the match. “As you know, we had broken camp since the Cosafa games and this was our first match to assess the fitness levels of the girls.
“They played exceptionally well, creating numerous chances in the first half, but the strikers failed to convert.
“In the second half our girls were a bit tiring because the pitch was a bit heavy, but I think the performance was good enough considering it was our first match. We are playing our next match on Thursday (today) and we will give all the players in camp a chance so that we come up with the strongest team for the All-Africa Games.”
TSV Eintracht Immenbeck coach Ingo Merkens said: “We are absolutely happy with this experience of playing the Zimbabwe national team; it’s good for my team’s development. We have learnt a lot from the match, Zimbabwe are a good side, they played a bit fast and their technique is very good. We lost the match, but all in all I’m impressed by the performance of both sides, it was a good practice match,” he added.
The Mighty Warriors’ next match is against another German second-tier women national team SV Ahlerstedt Ottendorf tonight at the Am Auetaz Stadium in the town of Ottendorf.
Meanwhile, the Young Warriors are still expected in Germany after the organisers pushed their scheduled first match today. Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze was not available for comment yesterday.