Mlauzi wel­coms back Dzin­gi­rai

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Takudzwa Chit­siga Sports Re­porter

MIGHTY War­riors coach Shadreck Mlauzi will wel­come back ex­pe­ri­enced goal­keeper Chido Dzin­gi­rai for the in­ter­na­tional friendly tie against South Africa’s Banyana Banyana at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium this af­ter­noon.

The match, which is the Mighty War­riors’ last warm up as­sign­ment on the home front will kick off at 3pm.

With the Women African Cup of Na­tions set to get un­der­way in Cameroon on Novem­ber 19 both the Mighty War­riors and Banyana Banyana are ex­pected to travel to the West African coun­try next week.

The Mighty War­riors, whose prepa­ra­tions have been ham­pered by a host of problems re­lated to lack of re­sources, played Egypt last month in an­other friendly match.

There had been con­cern over vet­eran goal­keeper Dzin­gi­rai’s fit­ness af­ter she re­ceived a knock last week but Mlauzi was happy to see her back in full train­ing ahead of to­day’s match.

Mh­lauzi said the re­turn of Dzin­gi­rai for their last prepara­tory match is a ma­jor boost as they also have some rookie play­ers who in­clude Mwenezana goal­keeper Lisa Mpofu in camp. Mlauzi said he was not wor­ried about hav­ing to face the South Africans in the friendly de­spite be­ing in the same group with Banyana Banyana at the Na­tions Cup tour­na­ment. Both Zimbabwe and South Africa will be in Group A that also fea­tures Egypt and was quick to de­fend that they are tak­ing on some of their op­po­nents in Group A for friendlies so as to see how their per­for­mance can be in real game sit­u­a­tions and said they are just prepara­tory matches. Zimbabwe has played Egypt and South Africa who are in the same group of death that also has Cameroon but Mh­lauzi played down that he is us­ing this as a yard­stick. “We can­not take re­sults that come out of th­ese friendlies as a true re­flec­tion of what we will ex­pect at the fi­nals. “A lot will hap­pen in the com­ing weeks so we can­not not take this as a mea­sure but sim­ply a prac­tice match to try dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions,’’ Mlauzi said. Banyana Banyana who will re­turn to South Africa to­mor­row, are ex­pected to de­part for Cameroon next Mon­day.

Shadreck Mlauzi

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