Happy na­tional team call up for Gumbo

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

IN-FORM Hearts of Oak mid­fielder Happy Gumbo’s ex­ploits have earned her a Mighty War­riors call-up to pre­pare for the forth­com­ing Africa Women Cup of Na­tions fi­nals set for Cameroon next month.

Gumbo, a for­mer Cow­dray Park Queens player, moved to Hearts of Oak this sea­son at the same time with for­mer Mighty War­riors striker Ntombi Tsola Ndlovu and coach Evans Netha .

Mighty War­riors coach Shadreck Mlauzi said Gumbo had shown some flashes of bril­liance, which could be cru­cial to the na­tional team’s cause at the con­ti­nen­tal show­piece.

“She is in­ex­pe­ri­enced, yes, and we can’t just say we will throw her into the deep end, but we are go­ing to as­sess her like ev­ery other player called into camp,” said Mlauzi, who watched Gumbo in action against Street Set in a South­ern Re­gion Women Foot­ball League en­counter on Satur­day.

The Mighty War­riors gaffer said they will con­tinue scout­ing for tal­ented play­ers for the squad and warned that no one was guar­an­teed a seat on the plane to the fi­nals in Cameroon.

“Hav­ing gone to Brazil for the Olympics will not be a barom­e­ter on who is go­ing and who is not.

“Foot­ball is played in the present, not in the past, and as such we will con­tinue search­ing for tal­ent, just like Happy, and as­sess them dur­ing camp and if im­pressed, we will def­i­nitely take them along,” said Mlauzi.

Zim­babwe are in Group B with neigh­bours South Africa, Egypt and hosts Cameroon, but con­cerns have been mount­ing on the clearly dis­ap­point­ing prepara­tory path the girls have been sub­jected to by Zifa.

Just like their Olympic mis­ery, the Mighty War­riors are most likely go­ing to the fi­nals with­out play­ing a friendly match un­less some­thing dra­matic hap­pens be­tween now and midNovem­ber.

Zifa had courted Tan­za­nia, Kenya and Zam­bia for pos­si­ble friendlies, but the three coun­tries haven’t re­sponded to the in­vi­ta­tions — @ skhu­moyo2000. FOR­MER Bu­l­awayo Metropoli­tan Prov­ince Darts League cham­pi­ons Rail­stars have started re­cruit­ing play­ers for next sea­son, a week after los­ing the ti­tle to Archers.

The rail­men, who won the cham­pi­onship in 2015,

Men­free Tanyanyiwa

Shadreck Mlauzi

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