THE national women’s Under-20 football technical team yesterday named a strong squad ahead of the Zone VI Games in Zambia early next month.
Report by Henry Mhara Sports Reporter
The Young Mighty Warriors are the defending champions after winning gold at the last edition of the Games in Swaziland.
The Games are scheduled for Lusaka from December 7-16.
Zifa yesterday released names of players that have been recommended by the technical team for camp ahead of the biennial games.
Eunice Chibanda, a regular with the senior team, will lead a squad that boasts Mighty Warriors fringe players Mavis Chirandu, Mitchel Vambe, Nyasha Munemo and Samantha Peters.
The Mufakose Queens defender Chibanda was the captain of the Young Mighty Warriors that were booted out of the Under-20 World Cup qualifiers by their Nigerian counterparts early this year.
Some of the players who were regulars in the Under-20 World Cup qualifying campaign include Nomsa Bizeki, Daizy Kaitano, Tafadzwa Tsunguro, Thelma Timire, Maggie Moyo and Charity Karuru, the younger sister to Warriors star midfielder Ovidy.
Zimbabwe will play hosts Zambia, South Africa and Namibia.
According to the draw released by Cosafa this week, the games would be played in a single pool round-robin format.
The team that finishes top of the pool will take on the bottom side in the semi-finals while the second will meet the third.
Chef de Mission for Team Zimbabwe Joseph Muchechetere told the media this week that due to financial constraints, only 33 athletes would represent the country at the Games.
Besides the women football team, the country will be represented in athletics and swimming.
The Young Mighty Warriors’ trip has been sponsored by Marange Resources which has been bankrolling women’s football all year, including its national league.
Squad: N Bizeki, E Chibanda, F Maponga, C Muhara, M Vambe, L Mapunhure, V Lunga, S Nleya, N Mpofu, N Munemo, K Chivandire, G Bande, E Mlilo, D Kaitano, T Tsunguro, V Mharadzi, M Chirandu, B Soko, W Zulu, T Timire, H Matabvu, S Peters, M Moyo, C Ndlovu, C Karuru.