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MIGHTY Warriors coach Rosemary Mugadza has drafted two new players into the squad which began training yesterday ahead of an international friendly against South Africa at Dobsonville in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Zimbabwe have been invited for the friendly match by their neighbours as both teams seek to fine-tune their teams for the African Women Championship last qualifying round scheduled for next month.

The Mighty Warriors will take on Zambia while Banyana Banyana are up against the 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.

Yesterday, the team regrouped after a month. Their last assignment was the African Women Championship preliminary round qualifying match against Botswana at Rufaro.

The 23-member squad, which was called into camp, largely consists of all the players who were in action against Botswana last month except for Berita Kabwe and Rejoice Kapfumvuti.

Tannex striker Kabwe has earned her first call-up and Inline Academy’s Kapfumvuti will have to battle against a galaxy of midfielders in the team.

Mugadza has already said no one is guaranteed a permanent place in the team and she will be on the lookout for fresh talent.

She said it was good they had been afforded a chance to play a preparatory match as they are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.

“At least it is good we play against South Africa before next month’s match. Banyana Banyana are one of the best teams on the continent and will give us good competition.

“We will have ample time to measure ourselves and thoroughly prepare the team,” she said.

The gaffer said some of the players were not far off the mark, in terms of their fitness, as they were active preparing for the NetOne semi-finals which were played during the weekend.

Reports from South Africa say that the team’s new coach, Vera Pauw, who replaced Joseph Mkhonza, would be in charge of her first game following her appointment last month.

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, Janine Van Wyk, Zamandosi Cele, Leandra Smeda, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Refiloe Jane, Lebogang Mabatle, Simphiwe Dludlu, Nelisiwe Mchunu, Mamello Mokhabane, Tsepiso Mokabane, Amanda Dlamini, Gloria Thato, Nomathemba Ntsibande, Kylie-Ann Louw, 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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