‘Olympics ex­po­sure will help Mighty War­riors’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Re­porter

MIGHTY War­riors vice-cap­tain Em­mac­u­late Msipa be­lieves the ex­po­sure they got at the re­cent Olympic Games should work in their favour when they start their cam­paign in the Africa Women Cup of Na­tions which be­gins tomorrow in Cameroon.

Zim­babwe will open their cam­paign against neigh­bours South Africa.

Msipa on Wed­nes­day told our sis­ter pa­per, The Herald that the Mighty War­riors’ par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Olympic Games boosted their con­fi­dence.

Coach Shadreck Mlauzi re­tained the bulk of the play­ers that took part at the Sum­mer Games for the con­ti­nen­tal foot­ball show­case run­ning un­til De­cem­ber 3 in Yaoundé and Limbe.

“If you look back we were at the Olympics and that ex­pe­ri­ence we got is go­ing to help us. Most of the play­ers in the team were at the Olympics, so I think we will do well,” said Msipa.

“We played some of the top five ranked teams at the Olympics and I don’t see a rea­son why we should not do well in Cameroon.

“We man­aged to play against Ger­many and scored, against Canada and Aus­tralia and we scored as well. So that in it­self gives us con­fi­dence.”

The Mighty War­riors, who are pooled against South Africa, Egypt and hosts Cameroon in Group A left the coun­try on Wed­nes­day after Zifa se­cured funds for the trip.

Zifa pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa was yes­ter­day also work­ing closely with a lo­cal bank to en­sure that the fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives for the play­ers were taken care of.

Rather than be­ing paid in cash, Zifa want the Mighty War­riors to have all their earn­ings de­posited into their ac­count and they can then each be given a bank card to use their money for what­ever they want.

The Mighty War­riors had two friendly matches against Egypt and South Africa as part of their build-up to the tour­na­ment.

They beat Egypt 2-1 in Septem­ber but went on to lose 0-3 to Banyana Banyana last week in their last prepara­tory match.

“We are all pre­pared for the tour­na­ment and our first game on the 19th, which is this Satur­day against South Africa. What I can promise to the na­tion is that we are go­ing to do our very best and we are go­ing to beat South Africa. We are go­ing to col­lect three points against them.

“Cameroon, Egypt and South Africa, we have played them be­fore and we un­der­stand their play. I think we will man­age to do our best against them,” said Msipa.

Mean­while, Zifa ap­pear to have called time on their kit part­ner­ship deal with Joma.

The Herald is in­formed that Zifa have been buy­ing the kits which the na­tional teams have been us­ing in their in­ter­na­tional as­sign­ments of late.

Or­di­nar­ily, the spon­sors should pro­vide such kit.

“The deal is off and a let­ter has al­ready been sent to the part­ners to ad­vise them of that,” sources said.

“Re­mem­ber there were is­sues in Sao Paulo when the or­gan­is­ers of the foot­ball tour­na­ment at the Olympics re­fused to let the Mighty War­riors use the Joma kit be­cause they said it was of an inferior qual­ity.

“Then there is also the is­sue that Zifa have been buy­ing all the kits, of late, in­stead of get­ting them for free from the spon­sors, and that has cre­ated ten­sion.

“You You will see that the Mighty War­riors will use a dif­fer­ent kit i n Cameroon,meroon, which was sourced by Chiyangwa yangwa from South h Africa this week,k, and that is just the start of the changes.”

The new kit was taken to Cameroon yes­ter­day­er­day by the Mighty hty War­riors’ teamm man­ager Charar ity Munemo. nemo.

Em­mac­u­late Msipa

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