Young Mighty Warriors coach Langton Giwa is certain of beating Mozambique when the two sides collide in the first round, first leg of the Fifa Under-20 Womens World Cup football qualifier at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
The Mufakose Queens coach said his team had shown remarkable improvement since their 4-0 drubbing at the hands of South Africa in a friendly match two weeks ago.
The team was slow and the passing was not that good against South Africa. We also struggled in terms of physical fitness, but we have worked in those areas and I want to say Im very happy with what Im seeing now. All the departments have improved, said Giwa after the teams morning session at the match venue yesterday.
On the Sundays opposition, Giwa said: We last played Mozambique at the Zone Six Games in 2004 and beat them, but we cannot afford to take them lightly. They have prepared for this match as much as we have been doing here so it will be a tough match, but we expect to win. We want to win this match by a big margin so that we will not have much pressure when we go for the return leg.
The Mozambique team is expected to arrive in the country by road today. Giwa said the addition into his squad of six players from the Mighty Warriors team who are still eligible to play for the junior side had stabilised the team.
Eunice Chibanda, Emmaculate Msipa, Rufaro Machingura, Danai Bhobho, Rutendo Makore and Rudo Neshamba are the regular Mighty Warriors players that have been drafted into the junior side. Mighty Warriors fringe players Rhodah Jongoti, Portia Mukucha and Elizabeth Chaparangana are also in the squad.
These players are coming in with experience which is needed in these kind of matches. Their presence alone has boosted confidence in the team and I hope they will play a big part in this campaign.
The preparations for the match have gone according to plan. Morale is high and we hope the team will maintain the good spirit come match day, said Giwa.
As part of the preparations for the match, the Young Mighty Warriors were set to play a mens team, SR Villa, yesterday.