Mighty Warriors begin camp for AFWCON

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MIGHTY Warriors will finally report to camp next week to start preparations for two crucial football competitions beginning next month.

BY HENRY MHARA

The team is scheduled to travel to Tanzania on the weekend of March 4 to 6 for a 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AFWCON) first round first leg qualifier, before hosting the return match two weeks later.

Zimbabwe are also set to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics finals in Brazil in August.

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Mighty Warriors coach, Shadreck Mlauzi last week expressed his displeasure at the delay by his team in starting preparations for the two competitions.

But Zifa spokesperson, Xolisani Gwesela yesterday said preparations for the team would begin on Monday in Bulawayo.

“The squad is expected in camp on Sunday and training should start on Monday. The players will be camped at Elangeni Training Centre in Bulawayo. We are in the process of communicating with the girls who should report for camp. As soon as we are done, we will announce their names,” he said yesterday.

Should Zimbabwe progress past Tanzania, they will meet either Zambia or Namibia in the final qualifying round for the finals to be played in Cameroon from November 19 to December 3 this year.

The teams’ preparations, particularly for the Olympics, have been far from ideal, with a training camp that had initially been scheduled to start in January aborted at the last minute.

A friendly match against South Africa was also announced for end of January, but nothing materialised.

Africa’s other representative at the Olympics, South Africa, have been in camp since last year at the Nike Training Centre and only broke for the festive season.
They play Liverpool FC Ladies team in two friendly matches later this month.

Mlauzi has named a 40-member squad for the two competitions.

The team will get into camp in high spirits after Zifa benefactor, Wicknell Chivayo pledged to support the team in the two campaigns.

The Harare businessman on Wednesday bought a brand new Toyota Hilux D4D double-cab truck for Mlauzi’s use.