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Bragging rights fight in Dobsonville

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BRAGGING rights will be at stake when Zimbabwe and South Africa clash in an international friendly at Dobsonville Stadium tonight.
Kick-off is 2000hrs.Report by Sports Reporter

Tonight’s match forms part of Banyana Banyana’s preparations for the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Women Championship in Equatorial Guinea from October 28 to November 11, while the Mighty Warriors are preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations, World Cup and Olympic qualifiers which begins next year.

The Mighty Warriors and Banyana Banyana, arguably the two big sisters of Southern African women football, have fought close contest in recent years. Banyana are ranked 56th in the world, while the Mighty Warriors are rated a distant 94th.

However, it is the Rosemary Mugadza-coached side that currently holds the bragging rights after winning their recent previous encounters.

Just last year, Zimbabwe walloped their fierce rivals 3-0 and 1-0 in the Unity Cup and Council of Southern Africa Football Associations Cup respectively.

Speaking to NewsDay Sport from Johannesburg yesterday, Mighty Warriors assistant coach Nkululeko Dlamini said his team was ready for battle.

“We did not train in the morning because of a thunderstorm here, but the team is looking good. We won comfortably the last time we met, but we don’t expect tomorrow’s match to be that easy.

“This is a different game altogether, but I think we will do well,” said Dlamini.

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