Mighty Warriors skipper rallies team

Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE skipper Felistas Muzongondi feels the current crop of Mighty Warriors, who have never participated at the continental showcase, should complete their success story by booking their place at the Africa Women Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon in November.

The Mighty Warriors host Tanzania at Rufaro on Sunday carrying a 2-1 lead from the first leg.

If they win this battle, they will take on either Zambia or Namibia in the final qualifying round for a place in Cameroon.

And skipper Muzongondi says they badly want a piece of the Africa Women Cup action and they are ready to dump the Twiga Stars this weekend.

The match will also mark the Mighty Warriors’ return to Rufaro since the match against Cameroon last October when they qualified for the Olympic Games.

“We are prepared for the game and our aim is to win the match and progress to the next round. But we don’t have to underrate Tanzania because we beat them at home. We have to remain focused and not get complacent as it is still game on.

“All the players who are here have never qualified for Africa Women Cup of Nations and we really want to qualify this time around.

“Yes, we have qualified for the Olympics but it would be good if we also qualify for the African tournament. We don’t know the feeling of playing at the AFCON and all the players would want to achieve that in their playing career.

“We will play according to our coach’s plan and we are confident we will win,” said Muzongondi.

The captain said they have put behind them last week’s setback which saw the team boycotting training for two days over outstanding payments before their concerns were addressed by ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa.

“Our main aim is to focus and qualify and we will talk about other things later,” she said. The Mighty Warriors coach Shadreck Mlauzi has been on a good run since assuming the hot seat last year in September.

His first match was that sensational 1-0 victory against Cameroon before notching up another 2-1 win against Tanzania two weeks ago.

Sunday’s match would be his third game in charge of the national team.

The gaffer is relieved that first-choice goalkeeper Chidzo Dzingirai began light training yesterday and is likely to be fully fit for the match.

“The girls are responding very well and we are ready. Chido started light training and we will continue monitoring her.

“The rest of the players, who are injured, have some minor knocks and they should be fit for the game,” said Mlauzi.

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