Young Mighty Warriors eye next stage


Young Mighty Warriors coach Langton Giwa said his team is ready to finish off Mozambique when the two sides clash in the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup first round, second leg qualifier in Maputo on Saturday.

Giwa’s side carries what appears to be a healthy 4-0 advantage from the first leg played at home two weeks ago and despite having to travel to Maputo this time around, the result should be similar.

Speaking during the team’s morning training at Barclays Sports Club yesterday, the Mufakose Queens coach said he was actually looking beyond the Saturday fixture.

“Even if we were to play the match tomorrow (today), I’m confident we were still going to get a good result. The girls have prepared well, they can’t wait to finish off the job. We regrouped last week and we have rectified some of the grey areas we noticed in the first match. There is a lot of improvement in the team. Our target is to win the match by at least 6-0 or above. That is very much achievable should the strikers keep their cool in front of goals.”

He added: “We are no longer looking at the Mozambique game. Like I have always said, I don’t think Mozambique will recover from the first leg defeat. Our programme now is focused on the next round. There will be no major changes to the team that played in the first leg as we are building a strong squad for the next round. We want the team to gel so that we won’t have to start all over again.”

The Young Mighty Warriors will, however, go into battle without chief marksman Rufaro Machingura who netted a brace in the Mozambique rout before she was shown a straight red for unsporting behaviour.

Nonetheless, in Rudo Neshamba, Tafadzwa Tsunguro and Rutendo Makore, Giwa has enough options up front. If they progress through to the second round, the Young Mighty Warriors will meet Nigeria who cruised to the second round after their opponents in the first round, Sierra Leone, pulled out of the tournament due to financial difficulties. The Zimbabwe team is expected to leave for Maputo tomorrow.