Proud Mighty War­riors take on Aus­tralia

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Re­porter

ZIM­BABWE’S Mighty War­riors con­clude their group matches at the on­go­ing Olympic Games tonight when they take on fifth ranked Aus­tralia at Fonte Nova Arena, Sal­vador hop­ing for to put up an­other good fight.

Zim­babwe are an­chor­ing Group F as they are yet to get a point hav­ing suf­fered two de­feats against the world’s sec­ond best team, Ger­many, and the 10th-ranked Canada last week.

Canada leads the group with six points and clash against Ger­many, who are sec­ond with four points in the other fi­nal group game.

Mighty War­riors’ as­sis­tant coach, Si­thethelelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda, said she ex­pected an­other coura­geous show from her play­ers.

“Like any other game we want our play­ers to go out and com­pete as they did in the last two matches. Play their best and mar­ket them­selves and rep­re­sent their coun­try with pride,” said Sibanda.

Some of the play­ers who have had some good mo­ments in the past two games in­clude left­back Sheila Makoto, striker Ru­tendo Makore, Ku­dak­washe Ba­sopo, who scored against Ger­many and mid­fielder Mavis Chi­randu, who rose from the bench to score Zim­babwe’s only goal against Canada.

Zim­babwe lost 1-6 to Ger­many in their opener last Wed­nes­day and for their sec­ond game they went down 1-3 to Canada on Satur­day.

The Aus­tralian women football team, nick­named the Matil­das, lost their first en­counter to Canada 0-2.

They then drew 2-2 against Ger­many in their sec­ond game.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence after the match against Canada on Satur­day, Mighty War­riors’ coach, Shadr­erck Mlauzi said he is proud of his charges as they have played their part and won the hearts of the fans.

“I am a highly am­bi­tious per­son, so am­bi­tious that I am not re­al­is­tic with my ex­pec­ta­tions, that’s the weak­ness that I have.

“So, at the end of the day, I am born to win but when I see my play­ers per­form­ing at these lev­els like what we have just done in these two games, one can only be proud, happy and hope know­ing that they have played their part in the na­tional de­vel­op­ment of football,” Mlauzi said.

Zim­babwe are com­pet­ing at the Games for the first time and have so far reg­is­tered two goals from the last two games.

Aus­tralia have been to the Games be­fore in 2000 and 2004.

Their best re­sult was in the 2004 when they reached the quar­ter finals.

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