THE senior national women’s football team, the Mighty Warriors, will play their Lesotho counterparts in this year’s edition of the traditional Unity Cup match at Rufaro Stadium on December 22.
In a letter to Zifa by Lesotho Football Association dated November 12, the Mountain Kingdom State has accepted to send their team, which is expected to arrive in Harare four days prior to the match.
“The Lesotho Football Association accepts your invitation that our women senior team play with your team on Sunday 22 for the Unity Cup as per the terms stipulated in the invitation,” reads part of the letter written by the Lesotho Football Association secretary-general Mokhosi Mohapi.
The two teams met in Maseru two weeks ago where they played two friendly matches. The Mighty Warriors, who are using the matches to prepare for the Caf African Women Championships qualifiers set to begin next February, won the games 5-1 and 6-1 respectively.
Just after the Lesotho match, the local ladies will fly out to Cairo for another international match against Egypt on December 25.
A knockout tournament involving 12 Premier League teams is also on the cards later this month, where the squad to face Lesotho and Egypt would be selected.
Another friendly match with one of the continental giants is also been mooted for January, a month before the Mighty Warriors’ play their first round Caf African Women Championships qualifier against Botswana.
The African Women Championships finals, the women’s version of the men’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament, also serves as a qualification tournament for the 2015 Canada FIFA Women’s World Cup and it looks like the Mighty Warriors are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for the two tournaments.
The Unity Cup would be going into its fourth straight year since inception in 2010, the year the Mighty Warriors returned to the international scene.
It was South Africa’s Banyana Banyana who won the first edition, beating the hosts 4-0. The two teams would meet again in the second edition the following year and the Mighty Warriors turned the tables, winning the match 3-0.
The Lady Zebras of Botswana arrived last year for the tournament, but returned to Gaborone with their tails tucked between their legs after a 5-0 beating.
Marange Resources, who financed the Mighty Warriors’ trip to Maseru, have committed themselves to supporting the team’s preparations for the qualifying matches.