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Mighty Warriors draw

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Zimbabwe women soccer team were held to a 2-2 draw by SV Hamburger in their final match at Stade Stadium on Wednesday night.

Zimbabwe came into the match after attending a reception organised by Stade mayor Kai Holm some few hours before kick-off and found themselves on the back foot as early as the fourth minute when Satander Silver Lone curled in a free-kick that beat Onai Chingawo.

However, they quickly regrouped and Rudo Neshamba equalised on 19th minute, connecting with her right foot a cross from the impressive Merjury Nyaumwe on the right who had beaten two defenders before delivering the inch-perfect pass.

Three minutes later, the Germans restored their lead when Carolin Simon’s shot from outside the box beat the badly positioned Chingawo, but Ndlovu levelled terms a minute after the restart, tapping in from close range a rebound from an Emmacuate Msipa thunderous shot that had stung HSV goalkeeper Lina Kunrath to spill the ball.

Meanwhile, Nyaumwe could soon realise her dream of playing in the lucrative European league after Bundesliga women soccer team, HSV Hamburger, confirmed their interest in signing the skilful playmaker.

The Germany side has been strongly linked to the 24-year-old player since the Mighty Warriors started their training camp last week where they beat national league second tier teams TSV Eintracht Immenbeck 2-0, SV Ahlerstedt Ottendorf 4-0, walloped Estorf Oldendorf 10-0, before they were held to a 2-2 draw by a Germany Students National team.

Hamburger, who have been reportedly tracking Nyaumwe since the Mighty Warriors’ first game, finally came out openly on Wednesday night, admitting they wanted the player.

Speaking to NewsDay Sport after the match, HSV manager Bernd Wehmeyer, who had come specifically to assess the player, said he was impressed and would want to rope in the player.

“Zimbabwe has some really brillaint players, very skilful and technically good especially their number 12 (Nyaumwe),” said Wehmeyer. “I came here to watch her play and for me she is good. I was really impressed by her. She just needs to improve on a few things. I will have to speak to the other guys in the technical team to see what we can do. I have been in constant contact with Klaus Pagels (Zifa technical adviser) on the player and all other football matters and he has recommended that we should try her. But remember this is not a decision I will make alone, the coach of the team will also have a big to say in it. Like I said, we will have to discuss it and see the way forward. I will be in contact with Pagels,”
added Wehmeyer who is also the manager for the Bundesliga men’s team.

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