Nomsa Moyo ral­lies Mighty War­riors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here - El­lina Mh­langa Harare Bureau

FOR­MER Mighty War­riors cap­tain Nomsa “Boyz’’ Moyo has urged the cur­rent crop of play­ers to rep­re­sent the coun­try at this year’s Olympic Games to give their best per­for­mance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, next month.

The Games run from Au­gust 5 to 21. But the foot­ball tour­na­ment kicks off on Au­gust 3.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of the just-ended Copa Coca-Cola Boys Un­der-16 and Girls Un­der-17 foot­ball tour­na­ment in Gwanda, Moyo said the Mighty War­riors should just do their best in Brazil as they com­pete in the Games for the first time.

“My mes­sage to them is they must go there and prove them­selves. Dis­play the skills that they have and I wish them all the best,” said Moyo.

The Mighty War­riors, who left the coun­try on Mon­day for Brazil, are in Group F where they will take on Ger­many in their first game on Au­gust 3. They will then face Canada three days later and con­clude the group stages matches on Au­gust 9 against Aus­tralia.

Ger­many are ranked the sec­ond best team in the world be­hind USA while Aus­tralia are num­ber five and Canada 10th. The Mighty War­riors are ranked 93. With the Mighty War­riors fac­ing such highly ranked op­po­nents Moyo, who is coach­ing at Young Fly­ing Stars Academy in Bu­l­awayo, said the Rio Olympic Games will be a learn­ing curve for the team.

“I think it will be a good ex­pe­ri­ence for the girls that are go­ing to play in Brazil. They will learn some­thing and I think even the coaches will learn some­thing from that side de­spite that maybe we are go­ing to be beaten by Ger­many or by Aus­tralia. But at least they will learn some­thing from that tour­na­ment. And maybe it will im­prove our foot­ball in Zim­babwe as well.

“So I will say it is go­ing to be a learn­ing curve for the team. But for the best play­ers that are go­ing to play in Brazil maybe one or two might get a chance to play abroad. And that will be a good ex­pe­ri­ence and in­spi­ra­tion to other play­ers that we are go­ing to groom,” said Moyo.

The se­nior women’s side is the first foot­ball team from this coun­try to take part in the Olympics fol­low­ing their his­toric qual­i­fi­ca­tion last Oc­to­ber.

Shadreck Mlauzi’s charges beat West African gi­ants Cameroon in the last qual­i­fy­ing round of the qual­i­fiers to book their place in Rio.

Mlauzi has in­di­cated that they are aim­ing to go be­yond the group stages but it’s not go­ing to be an easy task tak­ing into ac­count their na­ture of their op­po­nents and the lack of ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tions on the Mighty War­riors’ part.

They are ex­pected to play China to­mor­row in a friendly match in Rio de Janeiro.

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