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MIGHTY Warriors coach Rosemary Mugadza has rallied her troops to remain focused ahead of tomorrow’s match against Zambia in the last qualifying round of the African Women Championships at Rufaro.

In the first round, Zimbabwe beat Botswana 1-0 in the first match and 2-1 in the return leg to progress to the last qualifying round.

And the Mighty Warriors have high hopes of progressing to the AWC to be staged in Namibia in October.

The team that wins in this round proceeds to the finals in Namibia.

Mugadza said tomorrow’s game is important not only for the team but the nation as they seek to relive the glory days of the turn of the millennium when they qualified for the same competition.

“We have been telling our girls that this is the chance they have, at least, to go and play at the highest level before the World Cup,” said Mugadza.

“And it’s good for us as a nation to do our best and go back to where we where since we started in 2000, where we qualified as well as in 2002 and our last edition was in 2004.

“This is the time to redeem ourselves because we have the talent.”

The Mighty Warriors gaffer is confident her charges will live up to expectations having won most of their matches at Rufaro and beaten Zambia before.

“This is the team that won Cosafa and I think we are in the right direction. This reminds us of 2011 when we played our All-Africa (Games) game, when we played Zambia at home and we won that game 1-0.

“Everyone was writing us off but we went to Zambia and won that game 3-1 but we have said to the girls they need to be composed to follow exactly what we have been doing at the training sessions and not to be under pressure.

“They have played at Rufaro several times and have managed to win most of the games. I remember very well we only lost twice against Nigeria and South Africa.

“Rufaro has always produced good results for us as a team and we have adapted well at Rufaro. We hope that we will continue doing well. And with the grace of God everything is possible.

“All we need is for them (supporters) to come in their numbers to support us and as Mighty Warriors we haven’t disappointed them as yet and I think we will continue to give them the best that they deserve,” said Mugadza.

Marjory Nyaumwe, one of the seasoned players in the team, said they were ready for the showdown.

“We are expecting a win because this is the last qualifying round for the African Championships. We have been training well and we are just polishing up our act,

“We will see on Sunday how it goes, I can’t say much,” Nyaumwe said.

Mighty Warriors goalkeeper, Chido Dzingirai urged the fans to come in their numbers to support the team in their quest for success.

“We are looking forward to winning Sunday’s game and hoping to qualify for the African Women Championships in Namibia. We are appealing to the fans to come and support us as the girl child, we won’t disappoint them.”

The Zambians arrived in the country early yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s game.

Provisional Team

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 Magika, Pamela Bvochora (Inline Academy), Pretty Machazi, Nokuthula Ndlovu, Prisca Khumalo (New Orleans), Polite Mahada (Mufakose), Berita Kabwe (Tenax Queens), Mavis Chirandu (Auckland Queens), Kudzanayi Chiparausha (Aces Youth Academy).

Source : The Herald

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