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Mighty Warriors professionalism-a lesson for men at ZIFA

[Posted 11 Jan 2012]
[By Beezsports Editor]
Mighty Warriors professionalism-a lesson for men at ZIFA

The Zimbabwe Women national soccer team, the Mighty Warriors are due to fly out today for a preliminary match in the Africa Cup of Nations against Botswana at the University of Botswana Stadium on Saturday, a stark contrast to the Wariors men who had to travel to the same destination by road only last week..

The Mighty Warriors, arguably the best organised and most successful of all national teams in 2011, are taking part in the preliminary rounds of qualifiers of CAF's women premier tournament.

Rosemary Mugadza's girls were scheduled to play a preparatory match against Malawi before that country's FA cancelled the fixture at the last minute.

Mugadza is not bothered by the unfortunate development and insists that her team has had good preparations and that the tehcnical team has drafted in good players for the qualifier.

"We have roped in some good players into the team.

“We are geared up for the game. The players are responding well to training methods and our chances of winning are very good, we have a group of players that is determined to achieve big things,” Mugadza said.

One of the players roped into the team is Flame Lily Queens defender Patience Masitara who has not been part of the successful Mighty Warriors squad in the year 2011.

After the first leg in Gaborone on Saturday, the Zimbabwean soccer queens will complete the qualifier with a 2nd leg in Harare in two weeks time.

Should they be victorious over the Tswanas who are ranked lower than themselves, the Mighty Warriors will set up a mouth-watering encounter with probably Africa's best women team, Nigeria.

Zimbabwe's Mighty Warriors are no longer pushovers in international football, and the Super Falcons will have to be at their best to overcome a team that is bubbling with talent in the form of players like goal-keeper Onai Chingawo, talented attacker Marjoury Nyaumwe, Emaculate Msipa, Rudo Neshamba, Kuda Basopo and Tsitsi Mairosi.

The Mighty Warriors have several things in their favour going into these qualifiers.

  • Firstly, the team has been together for more than a year now

  • Secondly the team has had a confidence booster by beating Olympics- bound Banyana Banyana team twice in 2011, that is during the Cosafa Women Championships and the Zimbabwe Unity Day Cup in Harare last December.

  • The team has skillful, speedy and bigger players unike in the past years when the Zim girls could be easily pushed aside by opponents. The girls combine good size, skill and great passion.

  • The team has a great coach in Rosemary Mugadza, a former captain of the Mighty Warriors who perfectly understands the terrain of women football in Africa.

  • In Mavis Gumbo, the Mighty Warriors have a great administrator who has managed to arrange a flight for the team to Gaborone where her Zifa male counterparts dismissally failed even to raise funds to hire a bus for the Warriors to travel to Gaborone only last week. Gumbo has also been able to arrange a training camp for the queens in Germany in 2011, while the other Zifa members failed to even fund-raise to allow the Warriors to camp even at home for crunchy final qualifier away in Praia against Cape Verde who eventually beat Zimbabwe 2-1 in Praia.

Everything points to a good outing for the Mighty Warriors, not only in these qualifiers against Botswana, but in the entire qualifiers for the women African Cup of Nations.

Why not, when every condition necessary for success is in place. The likes of Bennedict Moyo and all those at Zifa who are responsible for the welfare of male national teams should take out their pens and begin taking notes.

Hats off to Mavis Gumbo and Rose Mugadza for a good job they are doing! We wish we can say the same thing to Bennedict Moyo and Norman Mapeza after the end of the 2013 AFCON qualifiers and the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

But that can only remain a dream if the chaotic planning seen last week when the team had to travel to Botswana for an international friendly, become the norm, as we have already witnessed.

Pull up your socks men! Learn from the women.  

The squad for the Botswana qualifiers.

Onai Chingawo, Chido Dzingirai, Talent Mandaza, Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri, Patience Mujuru, Danai Bhobho, Patience Masitara, Nobuhle Majika, Emmaculate Msipa, Tsitsi Mairosi, Marjoury Nyaumwe, Erina Jeke, Eunice Chibanda, Sheila Makoto, Kuda Basopo, Rutendo Makore, Violet Bepete, Rudo Neshamba.



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