The Young Mighty Warriors yesterday started their training camp in Hwange ahead of the crucial Fifa Under-20 World Cup football qualifier against Nigeria later this month.
The young women’s national football team qualified for the next round after they ran riot over Mozambique thumping them 4-0 at Rufaro Stadium before thrashing them 3-0 in Maputo last Saturday to sail through to the qualifiers with a 7-0 goal aggregate.
Rutendo “Madzimai” Makore grabbed a hat-trick in Maputo.
Twenty-eight players are in camp and were expected to hold their first training session yesterday afternoon.
Head coach Langton Giwa yesterday told NewsDay Sport that camping in Hwange would go a long way in assisting the team in its quest to beat Nigeria.
“We are hoping that camping in Hwange is going to help the team acclamatise.
“Nigeria is very hot so we felt that Hwange is the best as it has the same weather conditions,” he said.
Nigeria advanced to the next round of the competition without kicking a ball after their opponents, Sierra Leone withdrew from the competition. Giwa said he was confident that the Young Mighty Warriors would cause an upset against Nigeria despite the West Africans being tipped to prevail over the Zimbabwean team.
“They beat us home and away in the World Cup qualifiers in 2010, but this time we want to revenge. We are now more experienced than when we played them the last time.
“I am happy because we are getting all the support from women’s football and sponsors.
“We are getting all our requirements this is going to assist us,” he said.
The training camp is expected to end on March 23.
Meanwhile, the Young Mighty Warriors received a donation of beverages and sanitary wear from LG Foods at Zifa offices in Bulawayo on Thursday.