Ex-Mighty Warriors skipper calls it a day Talent Mandaza

Tadious Manyepo

Sports Reporter

FORMER Mighty Warriors captain and Black Rhinos mainstay Talent Mandaza has hung up her boots to pursue coaching.

At 39, Mandaza was still looking sharp, but she suffered an ankle injury that ended her season prematurely last year. Playing alongside fellow veterans like Rutendo Makore and Felistas Muzongondi, Mandaza did try to crawl back, but the injury kept on recurring before she decided to quit.

“I can confirm that I have since retired from playing football. I am now pursuing coaching. In fact, I am coaching the Black Rhinos Queens junior team,” said Mandaza.

“I am enjoying the experience so far. It’s been hard to make a decision to leave the playing field because playing football is something that I have done all my life. But there comes a time when you have to see that you have done your part and now need to cross over to other things.

“The injury that I sustained last year playing against Herentals Queens in one of the toughest games that I have ever played made it hard for me to go for another year in the trenches. But all the same, I am very happy for the years that I have spent playing football at the highest level.”

Mandaza, who started playing for the national team back in 2004 ranks Zimbabwe’s qualification for the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016 as the highest point in her career.

“I was a co-captain in that team and the feeling was just amazing. You know that was something else. We encountered a lot of problems in the qualifiers, but still managed to punch our ticket. I have never felt the same way all my playing career. It was something else.”

Mandaza won the Women’s Soccer League 10 times in a row with Black Rhinos before the army team’s championship monopoly was broken by Herentals Queens in 2022.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Soccer League enters week six with defending champions and log leaders Herentals hosting Harare City at the National Sports Stadium B-Arena in the peak fixture of the round.

Second-placed Black Rhinos are away to Hope Academy with Chapungu Queens entertaining Highlanders Royals at Manyame Air Base   

Fixtures

All matches kicks off at 12pm unless stated)

Today: Faithdrive Academy v Mutare City (Chisamba Grounds); Correctional v Maningi (Wagadhugu); Herentals v Harare City (NSS B-Arena); Hope Academy v Black Rhinos (Ascot Race Course 3pm); Chapungu v Highlanders Royals (Manyame Air Base); Platinum Royals v Black Mambas (Mandava); ZRP Harare v Conduit (Mkushi)

Wednesday: MSU v Sheasham Gweru (MSU)

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