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Mighty Warriors prepare for Egypt

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Zimbabwe senior national women football team manager Charity Munemo yesterday announced the team that will travel to Egypt for two international friendlies later this month.

The technical team named a squad of 26 players, with the bulk of players coming from that failed mission at the All-Africa Games early this year with a few additions.

Marylene Magoroze, who plays for a South African Division One club Old Trust is a notable inclusion, while Locadia Mugavazi, who plays for women super league team COSA Guruve, also got her first call-up to the national side.

Rutendo Makore and Lynnette Mutokuto, who had briefly left football to join the army, also bounced back into the national fold.

A notable absentee from the list is that of the hugely talented New Orleans striker Ntombiyelanga Ndlovu who picked up an injury while playing for her club recently.

Munemo said the team will be camped at Red Cross complex in Kambuzuma this Sunday and is expected to leave for Egypt in two weeks time ahead of their first match on November 27.

The women national soccer team will be using the two friendly matches as preparations for the eighth edition of the Caf African Women’s Championships next year.

Zimbabwe have been drawn to play Botswana in the preliminary round with the winner set to meet defending champions Nigeria in the final qualifying round.

Caf has offered Zimbabwe a chance to host the tournament.

The African Championships serve as the qualifying games for the World Cup with the winner and the runner-up getting the tickets to the next edition of the world’s premier soccer event.

Zimbabwe squad:
O Chingao, C Dzingirai, M Mandara, P Mukucha, R Mutyavaviri, P Mujuru, D Bhobho, N Magika, L Mutokuto, T Mandaza, E Chibanda, E Msipa, T Mairosi, N Ndlovu, M Nyaumwe, S Makoto, E Jeke, K Bhasopo, R Neshamba, S Zulu, R Machingura, V Bepete, R Makore, M Magozore, P Mastara, L Mugavazi

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