Mighty War­riors hope­ful de­spite poor prepa­ra­tions

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Re­porter

MIGHTY War­riors skip­per Tal­ent Man­daza says de­spite poor prepa­ra­tions, they are still con­fi­dent they can spring a sur­prise at the Africa Women Cup of Na­tions which be­gins on Novem­ber 19 in Cameroon.

The team, which will play a friendly in­ter­na­tional against South Africa in Harare on Thurs­day, has been train­ing for the past three days.

“We are con­fi­dent that we will achieve some­thing in Cameroon. We have been ac­tive with our clubs be­fore we came in camp,” said Man­daza.

“Most of the play­ers in the squad were at the Olympics so we know each other well in terms of co­or­di­na­tion and com­bi­na­tions.

“If we man­age to progress to the semi-fi­nals then any­thing can hap­pen.”

The Black Rhi­nos mid­fielder said she wants to carry on the good work which was done by her pre­de­ces­sor Felis­tas Mu­zon­gondi.

“It is an hon­our to be the captain of Zim­babwe na­tional team. I hope to achieve more and carry from where Figo left.

“Be­fore I went for mil­i­tary train­ing, some few years back, I was the vice-captain to Onai Chin­gawo and I have been learn­ing how other lead­ers do it and I hope I will also em­u­late that,” said Man­daza.

Mighty War­riors mid­fielder Mavis Chi­randu is the only player who is yet to re­port for camp.

Cameroon, stepped up their prepa­ra­tions this week­end when they met Kenya in an in­ter­na­tional friendly in Limbe on Sunday. Again they pre­vailed over the tour­na­ment debu­tantes win­ning 2-1.

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