Mighty Warriors date Banyana

HARARE - The Mighty Warriors will take on Banyana Banyana in a friendly international next Wednesday at the National Sports Stadium as the two sides prepare for the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON).

Both sides have been pooled in a tough Group A together with hosts Cameroon and Egypt for the tournament which runs from November 19 to December 3.

The two sides last faced each other in May in a closely-fought friendly match ahead of the Rio Olympic Games where the Mighty Warriors fell 0-1 to the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana at the Makhulong Stadium in Johannesburg.

After struggling to get financial support in preparation for the tournament, Mighty Warriors players began trooping into camp yesterday after the intervention of a fundraising committee.

Wednesday’s friendly match presents Shadreck Mlauzi and Vera Pauw’s sides with an opportunity to fine-tune their preparations for the continental showcase, and to assess other players who have not been regulars in the senior women sides.

This is the Mighty Warriors’ latest friendly match in their preparations after clashing with Egypt in September.

There is still a lot of work that needs to be done ahead of the AWCON 2016 tournament considering the side lost a lot of valuable time.

Zimbabwe’s corporate world has joined forces to grow an even bigger fundraising campaign seeking to raise $300 000 for the Mighty Warriors for lodging, meals, and transportation en route to the multiple camps and while in Cameroon.

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