Black Rhinos coach Weddington Chinyanganya says the army outfit will be out to progress to the next round of the NetOne Women Charity Shield when they battle New Orleans in a quarter-final match at White City today. Rhinos, who had a bye in the first round matches last week, are confident they will be able to overcome their opponents despite playing away from home.
Chinyanganya said his team has done thorough preparations and are enjoying a clean bill of health.
“Our preparations were just good, everything went well but we have got some few knocks. I think we have the replacements though.
“Obviously, every coach expects to win so I just expect a win and if they (players) can play according to instructions we can do well,” said Chinyanganya.
Chinyanganya said they still have the bulk of the players from the team that won the 2012 Super League.
Only two players Eunice Chibanda from Mufakose Queens and midfielder Daisy Kaitano, formerly of Aces Academy, joined their side.
The other teams that had byes are Mufakose Queens, Inline Academy and Cyclone Stars.
The organisers of the Charity Shield used the final log standings from the 2012 season after the league failed to kick off last year
Mufakose Queens takes on Tenax Queens at Sakubva and their coach, Langton Giwa, said they were ready for today’s encounter.
“As Mufakose Queens we have never played Tanex before but we will play our usual game. We saw them winning 7-0 in Masvingo so we are going there with a strong team.
“We played some friendly matches with Herentials and some men’s teams and we were also working on the players fitness for them to last 90 minutes, so our girls are fit.
“We have Melody Musasa, Emmaculate Msipa and Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri who were in Egypt with the Mighty Warriors, they have joined the team.
“We are going there to win the quarter-finals,” said Giwa.
The other matches will see Auckland taking on Inline Soccer Academy at Jumbo in Mazowe and Cyclone Stars will play Flame Lily at Rufaro.
This is the first time the tournament is running and the competition started last week with 12 clubs most of them drawn from the Super League.
Zimbabwe Women Football secretary-general, Ben Mamoche said the tournament came at a right time when the country is preparing for the African Women Championships qualifiers and urged fans to come in their numbers to support women’s football.
“This is a welcome development, last year we did not have a league and right now we are preparing for the African Women Championships and this is a positive development.
“Let people come and support in their numbers, we are saying men and women, those mothers they should come and support their children.
“These games are free and we expect supporters to go and support the girl child, give them morale support.
“Apart from that we are saying thank you very much to NetOne for the sponsorship which we know will go a long way in conditioning our players for the qualifiers,” said Mamoche.
All matches will kick off at 11am.
Today: Cyclone Stars vs Flame Lily Queens (Rufaro), New Orleans vs Black Rhinos (White City stadium), Auckland vs Inline Soccer Academy (Jumbo), Tenax Queens vs Mufakose Queens (Sakubva).