Mighty Warriors face Banyana

HARARE - The Mighty Warriors will have an opportunity to assess their preparations for the Africa Women Cup of Nations (Awcon) when they host South Africa in an international friendly match this afternoon at the National Sports Stadium.

Kick-off is 3pm.

Shadreck Mlauzi’s charges only started their preparations for the tournament which is scheduled for Cameroon later this month last weekend due to financial constraints.

The team was finally bailed out by a fundraising committee commissioned by Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane and is being chaired by Old Mutual group marketing executive Lilian Mbayiwa.

They however, wasted little time in getting down to serious business and newly-appointed vice-captain Emmaculate Msipa feels the match will go a long way in shaping the team’s combinations and tactics.

“Our focus now is on the friendly match against South Africa,” Msipa said.

“We are in the same group with South Africa so this match will afford us an opportunity to understand how they play and hopefully, it will help us when we go to Cameroon. I hope they will bring their strongest side possible so that we can have a proper challenge.

“The good thing is that we are all motivated and eager to do well. Everyone is working hard, especially to improve on our fitness levels.

“We hope to do our country proud when we go to Cameroon.”

The Mighty Warriors, who are pitted against African powerhouses Cameroon, South Africa and Egypt in Group A, 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.

Today’s match against Banyana Banyana will be the Mighty Warriors’ second friendly match having played Egypt last month who are also in the same group.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Football Association has set gate charges for today’s match at $1 for rest of the ground.

Tickets for Bays 15 to 18 will cost $3 and VIP will be $5.

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