YOUNG Mighty Warriors coach Langton Giwa will take charge of the Mighty Warriors team when they take on their South African counterparts in a friendly match at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow.
South Africa are using the match to prepare for the African Women Championship finals in Namibia this October while Rosemary Mugadza’s Mighty Warriors side, who failed to qualify for these finals, have nothing to look forward to for the rest of the year.
But it is the Young Mighty Warriors (Under-20) who still have an assignment before the end of the year, as they will play in the Region 5 games, formerly Zone 6, which the country will host this December.
The Games will be played in Bulawayo.
Tomorrow’s friendly match has been requested by South Africa and it appears Zifa have seized the opportunity to prepare their team for the Zone Six Games.
Of the 25 players that started camp on Monday, 18 are Young Warriors players who will form the core of the team to represent the country at the Region 5 Games.
The only senior players who are in camp are Rudo Neshamba, Chido Dzingirai, Merjury Nyaumwe, Felistas Muzongondi, Melody Musasa, Emmaculate Msipa and Mavis Chirandu.
Chirandu who graduated to the senior team last year, is the Young Mighty Warriors captain.
“We are aware of the danger that South Africa is going to pose, but we will do our best as we also prepare for the Zone 6 games. My team is a blend of junior and senior players, but most of them are Under-20 players,” Giwa said.
The Mighty Warriors’ training session entered day two at the match venue yesterday and Giwa said the squad is blending well as they look to upset their more experienced opponents.
“I have had the opportunity to watch a DVD of the friendly between Zimbabwe and South Africa which they played recently, and I have seen how they play so I have prepared accordingly,” Giwa said.
“The senior and the juniors are blending well and I believe we will get a very good result in this match.”
South Africa arrived in Harare yesterday afternoon, aboard an Air Namibia flight with a 42-member delegation.
Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw was full of praises for the Football mother body, Zifa, and she told the Association’s official website www.zifa.org.zw that she was happy to be in the country .
“We gave Zifa a short notice, but I am glad with their swift preparations. I am grateful to the Zimbabwe Football Association for granting the request to play us. It is a good Association. I am glad to be in this beautiful country Zimbabwe and we are looking forward to a good match.”