Mighty Warriors confident

YAOUNDE - Mighty Warriors coach Shadreck Mlauzi has rallied his charges to put behind their disappointment against Egypt and focus on getting a convincing result when they face hosts Cameroon here today at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjio.

The match kicks off at 5pm.

Having started their African Women Cup of Nations (Awcon) campaign with a spirited goalless draw against South Africa, the Mighty Warriors suffered the injustice of pathetic officiating by Burundi referee Suavis Iratunga, who denied them at least a point against Egypt on Tuesday in their second match.

Iratunga disallowed former captain Felistus Muzongondi’s equaliser in the later stages of the match after the Egyptians had taken a surprise lead. That episode incensed the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) who has since lodged a complaint with the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

The Mighty Warriors went on to lose the match 1-0 to make matters difficult for them as they now need nothing less than a convincing victory against the hosts who have already sealed their passage to the semi-finals.

For the Mighty Warriors to qualify for the semi-finals they need to beat Cameroon by a wide margin while praying that South Africa beat Egypt by a narrow one.

Mlauzi is not throwing in the towel yet and has insisted his charges are eager to give a good account of themselves against their more illustrious opponents who are likely to be backed by a capacity crowd.

“We keep working and believing that we can beat Cameroon. We have done it before and we can still do it. In football, you need to keep believing,” Mlauzi said.

“Should we win against Cameroon there are possibilities that South Africa can win against Egypt and we can be tied on four points so any team can still qualify on the last day and the most important thing is to believe in ourselves that we can beat them.”

Mlauzi and his technical staff have no doubt got a difficult task to motivate the girls following that cruel decision which left them with a mammoth task.

The head coach is however, keeping his fingers crossed that the Mighty Warriors can repeat the same feat that saw them qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games at the expense of Cameroon.

On their way to the Olympic Games, Mighty Warriors lost to Cameroon 1-2 in the first leg here before turning the tables in the reverse fixture with a crucial 1-0 victory in Harare and went on to participate at the games held lately in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

“The girls were affected by that harsh decision but we have been talking to them to forget about it and focus on the task at hand,” Mlauzi added.

“I am sure they understand and we are just hoping they will give everything against Cameroon. Of course, it will not be an easy match; remember they are the hosts so we need to be at our best if we are to come up with a favourable result. We are taking inspiration from the fact that we have defeated them before.”

The Mighty Warriors could be without the services of captain Talent Mandaza who suffered a knee injury before being replaced by Muzongondi against Egypt.

However, midfielder Emmaculate Msipa could start today after she was introduced as a second half substitute against Egypt as she was still recovering from a bout of flue.

Muzongondi, who rose from the bench to cause a lot of problems for the Egyptians, could also start in today’s match as the Mighty Warriors are in desperate bid to score more goals that could enhance their chances of progressing to the semi-finals.

The local women are yet to find the back of the net following a goalless draw against South Africa and a controversial 1-0 defeat to Egypt in the opening two matches.

Cameroon lead Group A standings with six points following their two wins against Egypt and South Africa, while Egypt are in second place courtesy of after that undeserved three points they benefitted from Iratunga’s diabolic officiating.

Comments (1)

go warriors go.....

turah - 25 November 2016

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