MINISTER of Sports, Arts and Culture Andrew Langa has praised Zimbabwe Women Football League boss Mavis Gumbo and the Mighty Warriors following another stellar year which ended with them retaining the Unity Day Cup.
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The Mighty Warriors beat Lesotho 8-0 at Rufaro Stadium on December 21.
Langa was speaking during a luncheon held for the senior men’s football team on Monday ahead of their trip to the African Nations Championships (Chan) finals in South Africa next week.
“I say well done to the Mighty Warriors and Mavis Gumbo. I am told you are now ranked number nine in Africa and 32 in the world,” Langa said.
The minister called upon the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) to instill confidence in the corporate sector.
“Government will continue to support sport and implore upon the SRC to bring confidence to the corporate world to support the game, but they will not support us if there is anything suspicious.
“If it means we have to dissolve some boards, we will do so to rebuild sports, arts and culture. But we cannot achieve that overnight; let us be patient,” Langa said.
After the Lesotho match, the Mighty Warriors were expected to fly out to Cairo for another friendly match with their Egyptian counterparts, but that trip did not materialise.
The friendly match against Lesotho was part of a series of preparatory matches that Zimbabwe has lined up in preparation for the African Women Championships qualifiers. If Zimbabwe get past Botswana, they will meet the winner between Zambia and Tanzania in the second and final round of the qualifiers. The last time Zimbabwe met these teams, they won by more than four goals.
The African Women Championships finals, the women version of the men’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament, also serve as a qualification tournament for the 2015 Canada Fifa Women’s World Cup and the Mighty Warriors are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for the two tournaments.