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NEW Banyanya Banyanya coach Vera Pauw is cautious of Zimbabwe’s Mighty Warriors as she prepares for her new tenure with a friendly international set for Dobsonville this Saturday.

The Southern Africa neighbours are sparring in preparation for the last round of the African Women Championship qualifiers set for next month.

The Mighty Warriors will take on Zambia while Banyana Banyana are up against Indian Ocean islanders, Comoros. If both teams win the two-legged series they will qualify for the women’s version of the African Cup of Nations to be held in Namibia in October.

“I have seen past footage of games against Zimbabwe. They are a good side and this would also be good preparation for the team that will play against Comoros in the African Women’s Championship qualifiers,” Pauw said in comments published on the official Safa website.

“We want to make huge steps in building the best possible squad for the Championships in October. This is our first official training following the selection camp two weeks ago. These players will form the core base of the squad consisting about 25 players. But for the match against Zimbabwe, I will have to trim the squad to 18 players. I am going to give every player a fair chance and am expecting to see stiff competition.”

Zimbabwe continued with their preparations yesterday after regrouping on Sunday.

Zimbabwe Squad

Goalkeepers: Deliwe Makaha, Lindiwe Magwede, Chido Dzingirai.

Defenders: Kudzanai Chiparaushe, Patience Mujuru, Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri, Melody Musasa, Prisca Khumalo, Nobuhle Majika, Scelo Dube.

Midfielders: Mavis Chirandu, Talent Mandaza, Emmaculate Msipa, Nokuthula Ndlovu, Rejoice Kapfumvuti, Felistas Muzongondi, Marjoury Nyaumwe.

Strikers: Berita Kabwe, Rutendo Makore, Kuda Basopo, Violet Bepete, Rudo Neshamba, Erina Jeke.

South Africa

Andile Dlamini, Laura Du Ry, Katlego Moletsane,Roxanne Barker, Nothando Vilakazi, Amanda Sister, Zamandosi Cele, Leandra Smeda, Refiloe Jane, Lebogang Mabatle, Simphiwe Dludlu, Nelisiwe Mchunu, Mamello Mokhabane, Tsepiso Mokabane, Amanda Dlamini, Gloria Thato, Nomathemba Ntsibande, Andisiwe Mgcoyi, Nomvula Kgoale, Busisiwe Ndimeni, Noko Matlou, Sanah Mollo, Sphiwe Nogwanya, Robyn Moodaly, Slindile Ngubane, Ode Fulutudilu, Portia Modise, Lebo Ramalepe, Meagan Newman.

Source : The Herald

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