Mighty Warriors get down to business

HARARE - The Mighty Warriors finally got their preparations underway yesterday ahead of the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations scheduled for Cameroon later this month.

After the team’s preparations were hampered by lack of funds, coach Shadreck Mlauzi and his technical team got the chance to assess their players for the first time following the intervention of a fundraising committee commissioned by Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane last month.

The 26-member squad called for duty went into camp yesterday morning at Zesa Training Centre and wasted no time by conducting two training sessions.

A friendly match has been lined-up for the girls against South Africa next Thursday at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.

It is still not clear whether the team will play more friendly matches after Banyana Banyana’s match next week as Zifa is currently faced with financial challenges.

“From the 26 players in camp Maluzi will drop five players before the team departs for Cameroon.

The Mighty Warriors are pitted in Group A where they face giants Cameroon, South Africa and Egypt.

They will begin their account against neighbours South Africa at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé on November 19 before facing Egypt three days later.

Mlauzi’s charges will then complete their group assignments against Cameroon on November 25 with the top two teams proceeding to the semi-finals.

Group B consists of defending champions Nigeria, Ghana, Mali and Kenya. The AWCON finals will run from November 19 to December 3. They are scheduled to play South Africa next week Thursday at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.

Mighty Warriors captain Felistus Muzongondi told the Daily News earlier this week that despite the delay in their preparations they will not allow that episode to affect their preparations.

“We want to thank you for your support. We now need to make the best out of the little time that has left. We can promise you that we will do our best when we go to the tournament,” Muzongondi said.

Squad: Chido Dzingirai, Lindiwe Magwede, Manyara Mandara, Lisa Mpofu, Danai Bhobho, Nobuhle Majika, Sarudzai Chikowore, Nobukhosi Ncube, Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri, Sheila Makoto, Patience Mujuru, Biola Mpofu, Eunice Chibanda, Emmaculate Msipa, Mavis Chirandu, Marjory Nyaumwe, Talent Mandaza, Aldiglade Bhamu, Sifundile Moyo, Happiness Gumbo, Rutendo Makore, Berita Kabwe, Sibonginkosi Nleya, Felistus Muzongondi, Kudakwashe Basopo, Maud Mafuruse

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