Mammoth task awaits Mighty Warriors

HARARE - Mighty Warriors captain Felistus Muzongondi yesterday admitted they were facing a mammoth task as they begin preparations for their rescheduled Olympic qualifier against Ivory Coast next week.

The Mighty Warriors, who are scheduled to troop into camp today to start preparations need to score at least four goals without reply if they are to progress to the next round.

Ivory Coast were awarded a 3-0 win from the first leg after the Mighty Warriors failed to travel to the West African nation. Zimbabwe were also fined $10 400 for failing to fulfil the fixture.

Muzongondi is well aware of the daunting task awaiting them.

“It’s not an easy game, there is no doubt about that. We will start the game on a big disadvantage and it takes great character to overcome the huge deficit,” Muzongondi told the Daily News yesterday.

“We are supposed to score more goals. We are hoping the home fans will come and rally behind us as we seek to overcome this big deficit. I think we need to play our usual game without putting ourselves under pressure.

“Football being football anything can happen. While we acknowledge it’s a difficult task we are also not losing hope. We are just going to give it all we can to ensure we get the best result that can send us through to the next round.”

Initially, there had been confusion regarding the game after the Confederation of African Football(Caf) at some point withdrew Zimbabwe from the fixture and installed Cameroon to face Ivory Coast.

Caf’s decision was, however, overturned by Fifa, who rescheduled the match to August 23 at Rufaro Stadium at 14:00hrs.

Mighty Warriors head coach Rosemary Mugadza named a strong 24-member squad to represent the nation, while retaining many of the senior players.

Mighty Warriors Squad: Chido P Dzingirai, Process Chatsamwa, Deliwe Makaha, Nobuhle Majika, Moleen Murandu, Shiela Makoto, Talent Itayi Mandaza, Emmaculate Msipa, Chido Muhara, Samkelisiwe Zulu, Marjory Nyaumwe, Erina R Jeke, Rutendo Makore, Rudo Neshamba, Mavis Chirandu, Felistus Muzongondi, Rejoice R Kapfumvuti, Eunice Chibanda, Lynette Mutokuto, Berita Kabwe, Viola Ndlovu,  Daisy Kaitano,  Kudzaayi Chiparaushe, Tafadzwa Tsunguro

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