Mlauzi optimistic on Mighty Warriors Shadreck Mlauzi

Grace Chingoma

Senior Sports Reporter

MIGHTY Warriors coach Shadreck Mlauzi is optimistic that the good days will return to the senior national women’s team which has regressed in recent years while their regional counterparts have marched on. 

The Bulawayo-based coach reunites with the senior national women’s team after six years. 

He was in charge when the team made history to qualify for the 2016 Olympics as well as the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon in the same year. 

“It’s always an honour to represent the nation yet it also comes with the pressure of carrying hopes and the nation’s success. I have to bring my A Game coming back into the fold and I am excited to be back. One hopes that the Midas touch is still there and will help the team to qualify for major tournaments,” he said. 

However, the former Inline Academy gaffer who also had a stint with a South African Academy a few years back has appealed for some time to rebuild the time and build a wider player base. 

“Other nations have progressed so it is not going to be easy, so we have to work harder with the girls. While we are calling for patience as we rebuild the team, we will also be producing results. 

“While we are calling for patience we will be producing results but we appeal for a little bit of tolerance as we try to integrate young players who are coming from club level which is different to international football,” said Mlauzi. 

Mlauzi reunites with his assistant coach, Sithetheliwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda, who he worked with during his stint as the head coach. Sibanda took over from Mlauzi to become the head coach and she was in charge when FIFA suspended ZIFA in March 2021. 

Sibanda together with Correctional Queens coach Choice Dambuza and veteran Yohanne Chikaola will assist Mlauzi.

Mighty Warriors are expected to get into camp today ahead of the COSAFA Women’s Championship that will run from October 4 to 15 in South Africa.

  Mighty Warriors squad

Goalkeepers: Cynthia Shonga (Harare City Queens), Lindiwe Magwede (Herentals Queens), Chido Dzingirai (Correctional Queens).

Defenders: Vimbai Mharadzi, Nobukhosi Ncube, Edeline Mutumbami (Chapungu Queens), Thelma Masawi (Platinum Royals), Purity Mgayi, Eunice Chibanda (Black Rhinos) Hazvinei Dhlakama, Mitchel Nyakatsapa (Harare City Queens).

Midfielders: Morelife Nyagumbo, Bethel Kondo (Faithdrive), Shyline Dambamuromo (Herentals Queens), Privilege Mupeti, Emmaculate Msipa, Daisy Kaitano (Black Rhinos), Ennerty Chemhere (Platinum Royals), Tanyaradzwa Chihoro (Maningi Queens), Peace Kanende (Coal Wizard).

Forwards: Maudy Mafuruse, Praynence Zvawanda (Herentals Queens), Rudo Neshamba (Harare City Queens), Patience Ndlhovu (Lozikeyi Queens), Christabel Katona (Black Rhinos Queens).

Zimbabwe Women’s Super League Results

Conduit Soccer Academy 0, Herentals Queens 3; Chipembere Queens 1, Chapungu Queens 5; Black Mambas Queens 2, Correctional Queens 4; Harare City Queens 2, Platinum Royals 0; Yadah Queens 3, Shine Shine Queens 0; Maningi Youth Academy 3, Borrow Jets 0; Black Rhinos Queens 1, FaithDrive Academy 1.

P W D L F A Pts

Herentals 18 15 3 0 83 6 48

arare City Queens 19 15 3 1 64 13 48

Black Rhinos Queens 18 14 2 2 82 9 44

Chapungu Queens 17 14 1 2 58 7 43

Correctional Queens 18 13 3 2 43 7 42

Platinum Royals 19 11 4 4 44 14 37

Black Mambas Queens 18 8 1 9 34 29 25

Maningi Youth Academy 18 7 2 9 26 32 23

Chipembere Queens 18 6 4 8 29 35 22

Faithdrive Academy 18 6 3 9 25 30 21

MSU Queens 18 6 1 11 17 28 19

Yadah Queens 17 6 0 11 20 33 18

Conduit Soccer Academy 18 3 3 12 14 48 12

Borrow St Jets 17 2 0 15 8 65 6

Shine Shine Queens 19 1 1 17 6 91 4

Queen Lozikeyi 18 1 1 16 9 115 4

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