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THE Mighty Warriors have regrouped as they begin preparations for the African Women Championships last qualifying round, first leg match against Zambia on May 25 at Rufaro.The Mighty Warriors will then travel to Lusaka, for the reverse tie, with the winner booking a place in the women’s version of the African Cup of Nations in Namibia in October.

Coach Rosemary Mugadza has named a 25-member squad, which began training in the capital this week, as they are using the two-week period to thoroughly prepare for the crunch tie.

Mugadza has called a largely unchanged squad from the team which travelled to Johannesburg last month for an international friendly match against South Africa.

They shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Banyana Banyana.

Matches between Zimbabwe and Zambia have always been close and tough.

While the Mighty Warriors enjoy the upper hand, they are not leaving anything to chance as they want to qualify for the tournament.

Zimbabwe last played at the African Cup of Nations tournament in 2004 and the current crop, which has posted some success stories including winning the 2011 Cosafa Cup, want to return to the big festival.

The Zambians stepped up their preparations by engaging Rwanda on Tuesday and won 3-0 in an international friendly encounter at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka.

She-polopolo scored through Helen Mubanga, Kabange Mupopo and Rachel Zulu. She-polopolo coach Charles Bwale said the win will motivate his team ahead of the match against the Mighty Warriors.

The coach has roped in some Under-17 players into the senior team.

Zambia women’s junior team featured at the 2014 World Cup in Costa Rica.

“We are not intimidated by Zimbabwe’s past dominance over us because we are in a new season with a new crop of players,” Bwale said.

Mighty Warriors Squad

Chido Dzingirai, Erina Jeke, Marjory Nyaumwe (Flame Lily), Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri, Emmaculate Msipa, Melody Musasa (Mufakose Queens), Felistas Muzongondi, Lindiwe Magwede,Danai Bhobho (Cyclone Stars), Rutendo Makore, Patience Mujuru, Kudakwashe Basopo, Talent Mandaza (Black Rhinos), Rudo Neshamba, Rhoda Jongondi, Rejoice Kapfumvuti, Nobuhle Majika, Pamela Bvochora (Inline Academy), Pretty Mathazi, Nokuthula Ndlovu, Prisca Khumalo (New Orleans), Deliwe Makaha, Berita Kabwe (Tenax Queens), Mavis Chirandu (Auckland Queens), Kudzanayi Chiparausha (Aces Youth Academy).

Source : The Herald

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