Mighty Warriors striker off to Germany


In what could be a major breakthrough for the country’s women football, Mighty Warriors industrious midfielder Merjury Nyaumwe has been invited for trials with top women Bundesliga side FCR 2001 Duisburg.

The team has written to Zifa requesting Nyaumwe to join them as they begin preparations for their Uefa Champions League qualification.

In an email to Zifa president Cuthbert Dube FCR 2001 Duisburg Sports director Claudio Marcone wrote: “We want to organise an official invitation for Merjury Nyaumwe for trials with our first Bundesliga team which is currently in second position in the Germany Championships and heading for the Uefa Champions League qualification for 2012-2013 season.”

Marcone said if they were impressed with Nyaumwe, they would come back to the country for more players.

“Once a positive analysis of the experience with Merjury Nyaumwe is made, this should only reflect the kick-off of a future successful co-operation between your country and our entity,” wrote Marcone.

It seems the Bundesliga squad were impressed by the Mighty Warriors playmaker during the team’s training camp in Germany last year when they played some of the country’s top teams.

During the Mighty Warriors’ stay in Germany, a local newspaper Tageblatt reported that a number of women Bundesliga teams were monitoring the Aces Youth Soccer Academy midfielder.

Zifa technical advisor Klaus Dieter Pagels, a Germany national, who facilitated the deal, said he was confident Nyaumwe would make the cut.

“I watched a lot of world cup games that were played in Germany last year and when I compare the skills that I saw there, I have no doubt that Merjury can play anywhere in Europe. She has a high level of skill and there is a really big chance that she can make it. I have three or four other players that I have recommended to Germany teams, but this is the beginning.

“I’m really happy about this development, and I wish it will go a long way in consolidating the already existing relationship between Zimbabwe and Germany. I’m wishing Merjury Nyaumwe all the best at Duisburg and let’s hope she can open doors for other players from Zimbabwe.”

If Nyaumwe makes the grade in Germany, she will link up with compatriot and former Aces Youth Soccer Academy mate Knowledge Musona, who now plays for the men’s Bundesliga team TSG Hoffenheim.

FCR 2001 Duisburg is regarded as one of the biggest women’s football teams in Germany. The Martina Voss-Tecklenburg-coached team is currently on second position in the Bundesliga log standings. The team provided five players to the Germany national team that participated in the women’s World Cup the country hosted last year.

Duisburg won the Uefa Champions League in 2009, in addition to the league titles they won in 2002 and the DFB cup they won in 1998, 2009 and 2010.
They were league runners-up last year.