SPORTS CORRESPONDENTMIGHTY Warriors head coach Rosemary Mugadza is confident the senior women’s football team will progress to the African Women’s Championships (AWC) as they step up preparations for Sunday’s second round, first leg match against Zambia set for Rufaro Stadium.
In the first round, Zimbabwe played Botswana and beat them 1-0 in the first match and 2-1 in the return leg with Violet Bepete, Rutendo Makore and Marjoury Nyahumwe on target for the Mighty Warriors.
“We last participated in the competition in 2004. Before that, we had taken part in the 2000 and 2002 competitions. Our aim when we go into this match is to qualify. We had a better draw this time around,” she said.
Mugadza said despite having a youthful squad, they would do their best
“All is set. Our preparations have been going well and we hope the players will carry the enthusiasm they had in their first matches into the next match. Zambia has been in camp since sometime in April, but we will do our best,” she said.
“We have included a number of players that did not take part in the Botswana match. Polite Magada, Pretty Matshazi and Pamela Bvochera have joined the team. We have also recalled Danai Bobo, who has not been in the team for some time.”
Also in the provisional team are Rudo Neshamba, Nobuhle Majika, Kudzanai Chiparausha, Lindiwe Magwede, Prisca Khumalo, Erina Jeke, Kuda Bhasopo and Talent Mbepo.
To qualify for the second round, Zambia beat Tanzania 2-1 after they had played a 1-1 draw in Tanzania.
Seven teams will be drawn from the qualifiers to join hosts Namibia from October 11-24 for the finals of tournament.