Mighty War­riors squad for Na­tions Cup named

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Harare Bureau

MIGHTY War­riors coach Shadreck Mlauzi yes­ter­day an­nounced a 21-mem­ber squad for the Africa Women Cup of Na­tions fi­nals in Cameroon from Novem­ber 19 to De­cem­ber 3.

The Zimbabwe national women’s soc­cer team are ex­pected to leave on Thurs­day for Yaounde where they will be based for their Group A matches.

The coach has re­tained the bulk of the play­ers who fea­tured at the Olympic Games in Rio in Au­gust.

Mlauzi, who has been work­ing with 25 play­ers for the past week at train­ing, has dropped five rookie play­ers.

Mwenezana goal­keeper Lisa Mpofu, de­fend­ers Sarudzai Chikowore and Bi­ola Mpofu, mid­fielder Hap­pi­ness Gumbo and Weer­ams for­ward Si­bongi nko s i Nleya will not be in Cameroon.

While other fringe play­ers such as Maud Ma­fu­ruse, who earned her first cap dur­ing a friendly match against Egypt and capped it with a goal, and In­line mid­fielder Si­fundile Moyo, have made it into the fi­nal team.

Hav­ing al­ready dropped chief striker Rudo Ne­shamba be­cause of in­jury and three other play­ers who were at the Olympics — Daisy Kai­tano, Erina Jeke and Samke­lisiwe Zulu — there wasn’t an­other ma­jor shake-up in the squad.

Black Rhi­nos and vet­eran mid­fielder Aldigrade Bhamu has been fi­nally re­warded for her hard work.

She makes a great come­back for a big­ger tour­na­ment after missing out on the Sum­mer Games.

Bhamu is one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in the team and was part of the national team at the turn of the mil­len­nium play­ing with the likes of Melody Musasa.

Zimbabwe will get the ball rolling with a match against neigh­bours South Africa this Satur­day.

The next Mighty War­riors match would be on Novem­ber 22 against Egypt be­fore they com­plete the group stages matches with a clash against the hosts Cameroon.

Two teams from each group will qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals. Group B which will be based in Limbe has de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Nige­ria,

Ghana, Mali and Kenya.

Shadreck Mlauzi

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