Otl­hag­ile salutes Mighty War­riors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Nkosi­lathi Sibanda Sports Re­porter

THE Mighty War­riors’ im­pres­sive break­through as a pow­er­house in women’s foot­ball has en­thused Botswana women’s foot­ball star Bo­nang Otl­hag­ile, who be­lieves Zim­babwe have some of the best play­ers on the con­ti­nent.

Otl­hag­ile, who plays for Botswana top side Dou­ble Ac­tion, said this fol­low­ing news that her team had been in­vited to take part in this year’s edi­tion of the LM Auc­tion­eers tour­na­ment to be held in Bu­l­awayo from De­cem­ber 10-11. The LM Auc­tion­eers Cup re­turns to Bu­l­awayo after a two-year ab­sence.

She said what ex­cites her is that she will be able to rub shoul­ders with Mighty War­riors’ play­ers that took part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“I salute Zim­babwe soccer, in par­tic­u­lar the Mighty War­riors. They are a tal­ented and or­gan­ised team.

“I am more than de­lighted that my team Dou­ble Ac­tion will be part of LM Auc­tion­eers Cup again be­cause this is what we have been wait­ing for. It gives us the op­por­tu­nity to meet some of the best play­ers in Africa, who took part in the Olympics in Brazil,” said Otl­hag­ile.

“There is a lot that we can learn from the Mighty War­riors’ ex­pe­ri­ence and other play­ers that will be at the LM Auc­tion­eers tour­na­ment. African women’s foot­ball can draw in­spi­ra­tion from what the Mighty War­riors have achieved. This gives an as­sur­ance that women’s foot­ball in Africa is go­ing places.”

Otl­hag­ile once turned out for Bu­l­awayo’s In­line Academy.

“I highly com­mend Lewis Muzhara and other spon­sors who have given fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to women’s foot­ball in Africa. Sup­port is very much needed if we are aim­ing to reach in­ter­na­tional star­dom in women’s foot­ball.”

The cov­eted LM Auc­tion­eers Cup, a brain­child of women’s soccer en­thu­si­ast Muzhara, is the only piece of sil­ver­ware in Zim­babwe that pits the coun­try’s best women foot­ball teams against in­vited teams from south­ern Africa.

Lo­cal teams that will par­tic­i­pate in the tour­na­ment in­clude In­line Academy, New Or­leans, Hearts of Oak, Hwange, Flame Lily, Street Set, Black Rhi­nos and Mu­fakose Queens.

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