Five players from the Mighty Warriors team have been roped in to bolster the Young Mighty Warriors squad which is preparing for the Fifa U-20 Women World Cup first round qualifier against Mozambique next weekend.
Rudo Neshamba, Emmaculate Msipa, Rufaro Machingura, Danai Bhobho and Rutendo Makore joined camp this week.
Already, the team has Mighty Warriors fringe players Eunice Chibanda, who has been given the captain’s armband, Rhodah Jongoti, Portia Mukucha and Elizabeth Chaparangana.
The Young Mighty Warriors team started their preparations for the qualifiers on Monday, whose finals are to be held in Uzbekistan later this year, with a friendly match against their South African counterparts in Daveyton last Saturday.
The Langton Giwa-coached side was humbled 4-0 prompting him to call for reinforcements. Young Mighty Warriors team manager Debra Green yesterday confirmed the additions, who are still eligible to play for the junior side.
“The addition of the five senior players who are playing regularly for the senior side has boosted confidence and morale in the young players. They now have some people in the team who they can look up to.
“The senior players started training with us on Monday upon our return from South Africa and they are doing very well. They are of the same age-group with the players who were already in camp so I don’t think we will have problems in them gelling into the team. Their experience will obviously be vital in these qualifiers,” said Green.
Zimbabwe will play the first leg at home before travelling to Maputo for the reverse fixture two weeks later.
In the event the Young Mighty Warriors clears the Mozambique hurdle, they will, like their senior side, face continental giants Nigeria in the next round.