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MIGHTY WARRIORS BEGIN AFCON PREPARATIONS

Zimbabwe’s senior women national team kicks off preparations for the upcoming Africa Women Cup of Nations with a friendly match against Egypt this Tuesday, 20 September at 1600hours. Source – Zifa.org

Rufaro stadium will play host to the Mighty Warriors’ first game after the girls’ charming performances during their three matches against top opposition in Brazil at the Olympics.

Head coach Shadreck Mlauzi will have the opportunity of fine-tuning his team which showed flashes of brilliance at the Rio Olympic games in August.

“We are delighted to have this important match against Egypt and I am sure it will help us to assess our players’ preparedness ahead of the AWC,” Mlauzi told the Zifa website.

The technical team retained the core of the Olympic squad as they seek continuity and consistency before the continental showpiece.

Skipper Felistas Muzongondi and Rudo Neshamba are among the few players who have been dropped for the preparatory match due to injury.

“We have dropped Rudo [Neshamba] and Felistas [Muzongondi] because of chronic injuries.

“We remain grateful for the girls’ sacrifice during the Olympic games and the Affrica Women Cup of Nations qualifiers, therefore, they will be considered for selection once they have recuperated,” Mlauzi added.

Seeking to bolster his squad, Mlauzi has broadened his selection pool by calling up American based Palesa Chipendo and England based Moddy Muwoni, who are both midfielders.

“For the first time, we have included foreign based players to broaden our player base and we hope these players will bring a new dimension to our game since they have been exposed to better facilities,” Mlauzi concluded.

ZIFA spokesperson, Xolisani Gwesela spoke to the association’s official website about the upcoming match’s camping details.

“The technical team has furnished us with their wish list and we have already set in motion plans to ensure that all their human resources needs are secured on time”, Gwesela said.

All players are expected to be in camp by Sunday 18 September.

The Egyptians will arrive on Saturday.

ZIFA is currently seized with seeking more preparatory matches for the Mighty Warriors before the team leaves for the biennial tournament to be played in Cameroon from 19 November to 3 December 2016.

Mighty Warriors Squad

Goalkeepers

Lindiwe Magwede (Cyclone Stars). Chido Dzingirai (Flame Lily), Manyara Mandara (Mwenezana), Deliwe Makaha (Faith Drive)

Defenders

Danai Bhobho (Mwenezana), Nobuhle Majika (Inline Academy), Nobukhosi Ncube (New Orleans), Sarudzai Chikoore (Conduit), Lince Mpaya (Mufakose), Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri (Mufakose), Sheila Makoto (Blue Swallows), Patience Mujuru (Black Rhinos)

Midfielders

Emmaculate Msipa (Black Rhinos), Mavis Chirandu (Weerams), Greater Bhande (Cyclone Stars), Marjory Nyaumwe (Flame Lily), Viola Ndlovu (Black Rhinos), Palesa Chipendo, Violet Bepete (Black Rhinos), Talent Mandaza (Black Rhinos) Moddy Muwoni

Strikers

Rutendo Makore (Black Rhinos), Berita Kabwe (Flame Lily), Sibonginkosi Nleya (Weerams), Maudi Mapfuruse (Faith Drive), Tonderai Masango (lnline Academy), Kudakwashe Basopo (Black Rhinos)

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