Positive signs for Mighty Warriors

HARARE - Mighty Warriors’ fundraising committee chairperson Lillian Mbayiwa said they are overwhelmed by the support they are getting from the public and the corporate towards raising funds for the team.

The Mighty Warriors are scheduled to participate at the upcoming Africa Women Cup of Nations scheduled for Cameroon this month and an independent committee was commissioned by Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane to raise funds for the team.

With time quickly running out the committee hit the ground running by organising a fundraising dinner on Wednesday night which was well attended by the corporates.

And speaking on the sidelines of the fundraising dinner Mbayiwa, who is the Old Mutual Group Marketing executive, said they are grateful to those who supported them urging the public to also play their part in the SMS promotion to be launched today.

The committee has organised a nationwide raffle titled #GirlPowerZW which will see a lucky winner driving away in a brand new Datsun Go sedan.

“We have had a dinner and it has been successful. We had a lot of support from corporates and individuals enough to get us started,” Mbayiwa said.

“I am sure the girls will be comfortable in camp. Our next initiative is the launch of the SMS platform promotion on Friday (today).

“We are almost there, the three major mobile service providers are very cooperative and excited to be participating.

“Once we have launched that, we will be appealing to the public at large to help this cause.

“It’s an exciting promotion — there is a car to be won in the raffle as well as being patriotic to the good cause to enable our girls participate in Cameroon.

“They have got a good story and I think people will be able to support us. We are confident that we will raise something significant for our girls to take part in Cameroon.”

The team is now expected to start camp today and yesterday coach Shadreck Mlauzi released a 26-member squad that has a mixture of youth and experience.

Mlauzi spread his net wider as he seeks to assemble a team capable of causing an upset in 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 comprises defending champions Nigeria, Ghana, Mali and Kenya. The AWCON finals will run from November 19 to December 3.

They are scheduled to play a friendly match against South Africa next week Thursday at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo. 

Meanwhile, Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa yesterday defended the late start to preparations by the Mighty Warriors saying a lack of funds was their biggest hindrance.

“The Mighty Warriors camp has now started and I have made it clear that do not expect miracles from me.

“I must never fork out money from my pocket. If there is no money, I will never say organise a camp for the team,” he said.

“There is also a committee which was put in place by the minister and you must appreciate that.” 

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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Wish you the bestt guys i m behind you

Obiekays - 6 November 2016

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