Chirandu's dream fulfilled

HARARE - At the age 16, then Young Mighty Warriors midfielder Mavis Chirandu’s dream was to graduate into the senior team.

After achieving that goal with relatively ease, she has since set her sight on representing Zimbabwe at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in August.

“It’s been a Lord’s battle for me since my days at SOS in Bindura and playing for Auckland up to the time I was spotted to play for the national junior age group teams and the Good Lord continues to guide my path,” Chirandu tells the Daily News on Sunday.

“I’m now looking forward to playing at the Olympics with the Mighty Warriors; It is not an easy feat but I trust my performance and ability...”

Chirandu has every reason to be grateful to the Lord since she has an extraordinary tale from her past.

Shortly after her birth, Chirandu was dumped by her mother by the roadside and only survived after she was picked up by a Good Samaritan.

The Good Samaritan took the toddler to the SOS Children’s Village in Bindura where she was placed into the care of a foster family.

“I’m so grateful to the man who picked me up and brought me to the orphanage,” the midfielder says with tears streaming down her cheeks.

“I thank God, particularly with the fact that I found a family at the village and you wouldn’t really tell the difference between me and children raised in a proper family setup.”

While attending the SOS Hermain Gmeiner School, Chirandu developed a keen interest in football and soon became a household name.

She announced her arrival on the domestic scene after a stellar performance in the Junior Mighty Warriors’ 4-0 victory over Mozambique in a Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup qualifier in February 2012.

On that afternoon, the Young Mighty Warriors were fielding at least three players from Hermain Gmeiner, including Barbara Soko and Wendy Zulu.

The trio had been spotted by national team coaches while taking part at the tournament organised by their school in conjunction with the US Embassy.

During the tournament, Chirandu fired in four goals past a disjointed Murembe High School to win the trophy.

Last Wednesday, Chirandu, now 20, was a second half substitute for the Mighty Warriors in the 1-0 win over Zambia in the first leg of their 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations final qualifier at Rufaro Stadium.

Unfortunately, the midfielder is not in the team that travelled to Lusaka for today’s second leg.

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