Mighty War­riors yet to be­gin Af­con preps

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Harare Bureau

THE Mighty War­riors op­po­nents at the Africa Women Na­tions of Cup fi­nals in Cameroon next month are not wast­ing any time in en­gag­ing in in­ter­na­tional friendly matches. Zim­babwe, though, re­main in limbo. Cameroon, South Africa and Egypt have in­ten­si­fied their prepa­ra­tions for the tour­na­ment which be­gins on Novem­ber 19.

On Satur­day, Banyana Banyana hosted Egypt at Dob­sonville Sta­dium in Jo­han­nes­burg in an in­ter­na­tional friendly match which the hosts won 3-1.

The same day Cameroon were in Nairobi for a friendly match which the West Africans won 1-0.

The Mighty War­riors are yet to get into camp with Zifa singing the cho­rus they are still sort­ing out the lo­gis­tics.

Cameroon coach Enow Nga­cho told the of­fi­cial Caf web­site that they now know where they stand.

The two teams will play an­other friendly match on Novem­ber 6, in Limbe, just be­fore the tour­na­ment gets un­der­way.

“It was a good match for both sides be­cause it showed us how far we have come as far as prepa­ra­tion is con­cerned.

"We have also tested the strength of our play­ers to see what we need to do be­fore the tour­na­ment starts in three weeks,” he said.

The only debu­tantes at the tour­na­ment, Kenya, in Group A with de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Nige­ria and West Africans Ghana and Mali also picked pos­i­tives from the friendly match.

“We had very good scor­ing chances and we only con­ceded to Cameroon through a penalty. I think all along we wanted to play against a West African side be­fore the women’s Af­con be­cause it will give us what to ex­pect.

‘‘From what we have seen to­day I am quite op­ti­mistic we can com­pete with our op­po­nents very well,” said Haram­bee Star­lets David Ouma.

Fol­low­ing their par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Olympics Games in Au­gust, the Mighty War­riors have only re­grouped for a friendly match against Egypt at Ru­faro last month. They beat the Egyp­tians 2-1 in that match. Mighty War­riors gaffer Shadreck Mlauzi said his plans had been af­fected.

“It is an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. Ob­vi­ously when things don’t work out the way you want, one is not happy. We were sup­posed to go into camp early Oc­to­ber," said the coach who said they were hop­ing to en­gage Ghana and Namibia be­fore round­ing up with an­other prepara­tory match once they ar­rived in Cameroon. “We will see, we will hear from the as­so­ci­a­tion." Zim­babwe’s first match is against South Africa on Novem­ber 19 in Yaounde at Stade Ah­madou Ahidjo be­fore they meet Egypt three days later at the same venue.

They com­plete the group stages with a match against Cameroon on Novem­ber 25.

Top two teams from each group will progress to the next round.

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