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MIGHTY Warriors coach Rosemary Mugadza has rallied her troops to do well when they face Ghana this weekend at Accra Sports Stadium in the final round of the All-Africa Games qualifiers.

The senior national women’s team have been training at ZIFA Village under the guidance of Mugadza and her technical team since last week for the crucial tie that will determine whether they will compete at this year’s All-Africa Games scheduled for September 4 to 19 in Brazzaville, Congo.

Zimbabwe received a bye in the first round and will start their campaign away from home on Saturday.

The return leg will be played on the weekend of 10-12 in Harare.

Mugadza said they are banking on the experienced players in the team and will fight for an away goal as they battle to qualify for the main event.

“We are not into this game with a defending aspect in our minds, we are going to play our normal game, which is to defend and attack as a team for us to score.

“If we, at least, have an away goal it will be an aantage to us when we return to Zimbabwe playing in the second leg on April 12 at Rufaro.

“I think in all the departments we have experienced players. We have got a seasoned goalkeeper as well as the defence, the midfield.

“Everywhere we have senior players who have played and competed at the highest level. And having experience within the team you know when it’s your day you will come right and this is exactly what we have done to blend girls from the Under-20 with the senior players that we have,” said Mugadza.

Although the team consists of seasoned players, with most of them having played at the 2011 All-Africa Games in Mozambique such as veteran midfielder Marjory Nyaumwe, goalkeeper Chido Dzingirai, captain Felistas “Figo” Muzongondi and striker Rudo Neshamba, it is the team’s preparations towards this game that is questionable.

The team was supposed to play Tanzania in a friendly match last year in December in the Unity Day Cup Challenge but the match was cancelled. They were set to participate in a four-nation tournament in Botswana early this year but nothing materialised.

Their counterparts have been in camp since mid-February preparing for this game.

Ghana also competed in the African Women’s Championships last year in October.

Mugadza said although they have had some training matches with men’s teams as part of their training they would have wanted to play an international friendly to gauge themselves.

“The match fitness level is questionable but we have managed to congest all we can in those few days and it’s coming up very well.

“We believe given ample time we could have done a lot of things that we needed to do but with this short space of time the girls have responded very well and we are happy with that,” she said.

Source : The Herald