Our Mighty War­riors fought hard to the end

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDI­TOR — Look­ing at the Mighty War­riors ver­sus Ger­many match, the match was an out­ing which ex­ceeded a lot of peo­ple’s ex­pec­ta­tions even though we lost.

Ghana’s wal­lop­ing a few days back made most peo­ple pre­dict a dou­ble digit goal mar­gin in the match, with our ladies be­ing the ear­marked re­cip­i­ents. I am glad that the girls man­aged to min­imise the dam­age, 6-1 is not the worst that could have hap­pened on the night.

The girls’ big­gest un­do­ing was the way they dealt with ae­rial balls.

It seemed like they were afraid of in­ter­cept­ing crosses. This is why we were hurt through headed goals in­clud­ing our own goal.

It also has to be taken into ac­count that some of the play­ers in our national setup are not af­fil­i­ated to any pro­fes­sional club at the mo­ment. To ex­pect them to out­class play­ers who ply their trade in the big­gest leagues in the world, was ask­ing too much of them too early. I hope some of them can at­tract in­ter­est from Euro­pean clubs dur­ing the course of the tour­na­ment.

The elec­tri­fied Olympic at­mos­phere could have got­ten to them as well .I am sure even the most con­fi­dent of ath­letes de­velop traces of stage fright when they de­but at events of that mag­ni­tude, the Mighty War­riors are not dif­fer­ent. I ex­pect a bet­ter per­for­mance in the next match, we might not win but they would have gained fa­mil­iar­ity with per­form­ing on a global stage. A feat their male coun­ter­parts can only dream of.

Wed­nes­day`s re­sult does not mat­ter much to me, but as the girls ran out of the du­gout into the pitch, I felt proud to be a Zim­bab­wean cit­i­zen and no foot­balling vic­tory can of­fer that sort of ful­fil­ment .I am proud of the girls. Si­mon Zimunya.

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