Mighty War­riors, Egypt friendly timely

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — The in­tended or­gan­ised friendly match be­tween our women’s na­tional soc­cer team against Egypt is re­ally a per­fect, long over­due prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing Africa Women Cup of Na­tions to be hosted in Cameroon.

Our golden girls have ev­ery rea­son to em­u­late Le­ices­ter City FC the sur­prise English Premier­ship win­ners last sea­son who stunned and charmed the whole globe af­ter snatch­ing the ti­tle from peren­nial win­ners Chelsea, Manch­ester United and Manch­ester City.

Our Mighty War­riors just like Le­ices­ter City from Eng­land have ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve and do won­ders at the Africa Cup of Na­tions and es­pe­cially af­ter hav­ing trav­elled through a re­mark­able jour­ney dur­ing the Olympic Games.

That ex­pe­ri­ence counts a whole lot for the Shadreck Mlauzi coached side and queens from South­ern Africa who have so much po­ten­tial con­sid­er­ing that some of the girls on the team don’t have clubs here in Zim­babwe.

And the Egypt friendly match is of course part of the be­gin­ning of the jour­ney and dream.

Prob­a­bly on the other side their male coun­ter­parts the War­riors un­der Cal­listo Pa­suwa should and must be do­ing the same in play­ing friendly matches against Africa’s cream if re­courses and spon­sor­ship and fund­ing per­mits or is avail­able.

This will al­low such plans ahead of next year’s third Af­con ad­ven­ture if we are to be­come the “Sur­prise Pack­age’’ at the tour­na­ment like what other soc­cer pun­dits and ex­perts are al­ready sug­gest­ing in Uganda Cranes coach Mi­lutin Sre­de­jovic and many oth­ers.

And in fact play­ing friendly matches against the best sides like Egypt will al­ways boost the con­fi­dence of the girls as they pre­pare to take on other fa­mil­iar stronger op­po­nents. Felix Zonke, Harare

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