Mighty Warriors beat Egypt

HARARE - Mighty Warriors Warriors coach Shadreck Mlauzi was happy with his team’s display in an international friendly 2-1 win against Egypt here yesterday but felt the visitors did little to afford them enough competition.

First-half goals from Maud Mafuruse and Tonderayi Masango saw the home side in what appeared to be a comfortable lead, but second half substitute Aliaa Shoukry pulled one back for the visitors three minutes after the breather.

There were a lot of positives for Mlauzi and his technical team, who gave a run to some rookies like Nobukhosi Ncube, Aldiglade Bhamu and Masango among others as they impressed with some quality display.

“After the Olympics, we had a long break. We only trained for a day for this match and you put such a performance, one can only be happy,” Mlauzi said after the match.

“The objective is to continuously broaden the player base. We have a number of players who appear to have chronic injuries and unless those injuries are attended to, we have to increase the player base and we can only do that by giving them international exposure.

“Eventually, when we come to competitive matches they can always come in and fit in to the situations. We have given the injured players time to recover and we will be assessing their progress.

Mlauzi added: “Egypt are a decent side, they have a few individuals that are technically-gifted but overall as a team I felt that they really didn’t push us to the level that we wanted.

“Of course, we respect them given that we will be in the same group but really there wasn’t much in terms of the technical and tactical organisation that we expected from them. Maybe we expected more out of them, but a lot can change.”

Egypt coach Mohamed Mostafa admitted his charges played second fiddle to the hosts, something he blamed on the artificial turf.

“Zimbabwe is really a good team. They are coming from the Olympics and they are really organised . . . We hope to do better next time,” he said.

The match against Egypt yesterday was the first of a series of friendly matches for the Mighty Warriors ahead of their participation at the African Women Cup of Nations (Awcon) in Cameroon later this year.

Mlauzi’s charges were placed in Group A were they will meet hosts Cameroon, South Africa and yesterday’s opponents.

Group B will see Nigeria, who were seeded, take on Mali, Ghana and Kenya.

The Awcon finals will run from November 19 to December 3.


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