Mighty Warriors bemoan shoddy preparations

HARARE - Zimbabwe women’s football team captain Felistas Muzongondi feels shoddy preparations were the team’s Achilles heel in the failed bid to qualify for the 2015 African Games.

The Mighty Warriors bowed out of the competition when they lost 4-3 on aggregate to Ghana in the final qualifying round at the weekend.

After having lost 2-1 in the first leg in Accra three weeks ago, the Mighty Warriors could only manage a 2-2 draw with the Black Queens in Sunday’s second leg at Rufaro Stadium.

Rosemary Mugadza’s ladies were their own worst enemies on Sunday as goalkeeper Chido Dzingirai made two high profile mistakes to gift the Ghanaians both goals.

In the first half, Dzingirai was caught off her line by Black Queens’ Diana Ankoma, who scored with a speculative shot from way outside the box.

The Flame Lilly Queens goalkeeper also scored an own goal in the second half when she failed to deal with Agnes Adauako’s shot.

However, the Mighty Warriors’ preparations for the tie were overshadowed by their inadequate time in camp and lack of friendly internationals due to the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa)’s cash flow challenges.

“I think going forward we need to have adequate preparations if we are to be successful in international tournaments,” Muzongondi told the Daily News after the match.

“Our next assignment is against Zambia in the Olympic Games qualifiers and I think we need to be more prepared on this one.

“I want to thank Zimbabweans for their support; it motivates us and I want to promise them that we are going to continue to represent our country with more zeal to win.

“For today (Sunday) I think we did our best but we came here thinking that it will be easy to beat Ghana but the game was very tough as you know they are one of the big teams in Africa.”

Mugadza also concurred with her captain’s sentiments about the need for proper preparations.

“We need to have more time as a team and have friendly internationals so that we will be able to assess our players ahead of competitive matches,” Mugadza told reporters after the match.

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