Mighty Warriors' global appeal

HARARE - The Mighty Warriors are now attracting the best of the best in world women’s football with the Swedish national side eager to play against Shadreck Mlauzi’s team.

Zimbabwe women’s football team has made huge strides in the last few months after qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil this August.

The Mighty Warriors followed up that success by also qualifying for the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of       Nations finals to be held in Cameroon at the end of this year. 

Swedish Football Association (SFA) project manager for women’s national team Linn Backe wrote to Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze requesting for a friendly with the Mighty Warriors.

The two associations are in negotiations to see whether their teams can engage each other in Brazil when they arrive to prepare for the Olympics which start on August 3.

“I didn’t attend the draw and couldn’t visit football pitches but our head coach and boss said that it was hard to find full size pitches outside Rio and the Olympic Village (since we can’t play at the official training sites and stadiums until the 30th of July it says in the regulations),” wrote Backe.

“Do you have more information or perhaps already have a pitch confirmed in Rio for this match?

“I will ask Fifa if Sweden can play a match at one of the official training sites since we have our first match in Rio and will stay in the Olympic Village and are then able to train at these official training sites. But I don’t know if they let us play an international match on the 29th.”

Sweden are one of the leading teams in Europe women’s football and will give Zimbabwe a good run ahead of the Olympics if this proposed friendly materialises. 

The Mighty Warriors have been placed in a very tough Group F for the tournament together with Australia, Germany and Canada.


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