More preps for Mighty War­riors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Re­porter

ZIFA pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa says they are ea­ger to make sure the Mighty War­riors get ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tions for the Africa Women Cup of Na­tions in Cameroon.

The tour­na­ment will be staged in Yaounde and Limbe from Novem­ber 19 to De­cem­ber 3.

Zim­babwe face tricky as­sign­ments in Group A against hosts Cameroon, Egypt and South Africa.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of a din­ner held for the Mighty War­riors and Egypt by the Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter, Makhosini Hlong­wane, in Harare on Mon­day night, Chiyangwa said they have lined up a num­ber of friendly in­ter­na­tion­als for the team.

“The plan is that we have started, see­ing that we have taken off with the Egyp­tians com­ing through. And we are go­ing to have more friendlies along the way, so that we have a stronger team that will go to Cameroon.

“You will ap­pre­ci­ate that the group where we are placed at the mo­ment has Egypt, Cameroon and we have beaten Cameroon be­fore. We hope that it’s go­ing to be a con­tin­u­ous process of be­ing vic­to­ri­ous un­til we lift the women’s Af­con Cup.

“I have sev­eral coun­tries who are of­fer­ing us some friendlies but the ques­tion is are they com­ing here or are we go­ing there be­cause go­ing there means it’s ex­pen­sive.

“I have got to fly the girls, ac­com­mo­date them and keep spend­ing. If they come here like this we col­lect the gate charges and give the girls the money. Those that are will­ing to come here I am will­ing to host them,” said Chiyangwa.

The Zifa boss said the wel­fare of the Mighty War­riors was work in progress.

“Each time, I have a case like this one, where we are com­ing from a his­tor­i­cal back­ground where there was sham­bolic prepa­ra­tions and so forth which I have in­her­ited, I cleaned up the War­riors and I am go­ing to clean up the Mighty War­riors and put them in a proper po­si­tion, there will be no is­sues.

“There are so many African fed­er­a­tions strug­gling with their own teams by the way, it’s not just Zim­babwe. So don’t ex­pect us to be like an­gels, things hap­pen,” said Chiyangwa.

Newly ap­pointed Zifa tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, Tau­rai Mang­wiro, also noted the im­por­tance of ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tions.

“Our chal­lenge as a na­tion is known, we need ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tions and we don’t need to do things at the last minute.

“The dates are out, we know when we are sup­posed to play and you don’t want to leave it to the last minute so it’s im­por­tant that prepa­ra­tions be­gin in earnest,” said Mang­wiro.

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