Rose­mary Mu­gadza, Mighty War­riors’ un­sung hero

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — Well done to the Mighty War­riors for qual­i­fy­ing for the Olympic Games and good luck to coach Shadreck Mlauzi. As we cel­e­brate this achieve­ment, football fans should never for­get for­mer coach Rose Mu­gadza who led the team up un­til the very last round. Mu­gadza was de­throned by fac­tional pol­i­tics, a legacy of the pa­thetic and “un­for­get­table” con­tro­ver­sial Jonathan Mashin­gaidze. Mlauzi, Zim­babwe’s luck­i­est football coach only had to win one home en­counter and he did, stag­ing a mighty shock to Cameroon. I know the pretty Rudo Ne­shamba and her team will give it their best. The teams Zim­babwe was drawn against are a bunch of pro­lific per­form­ers. We are not tak­ing any­thing away from our girls but these are teams which have a record of beat­ing African teams ruth­lessly! Just a few days ago Ger­many wal­loped a strong Ghana 11-0 in a so-called friendly. If Mighty War­riors con­cede less than 10 goals in the group stages let’s clap hands for them. Like coach Mlauzi says, the class be­tween Zim­babwe and the rest of the sides is vast. In fact the gap be­tween Ger­many men and Zim­babwe men is nar­rower. In women`s soc­cer the mar­gin is even big­ger. All the same good­luck to our Mighty War­riors. Farai M, Harare

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