War­riors fret over Msipa cold, sore throat

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ZIM­BABWE mid­fielder Em­mac­u­late Msipa, who is bat­tling a bout of cold and a se­vere throat strain, is likely to miss tonight's match against Egypt at the Africa Women Na­tions Cup fi­nals here.

The match at the Ah­madou Ahidjo Sta­dium kicks off at 8PM Zim­babwe time. The Black Rhi­nos Queens mid­fielder fea­tured in the goal­less opener against South Africa but was heav­ily weighed down by the bug.

Msipa re­quested to play the first game de­spite be­ing un­der the weather. How­ever, Mighty War­riors coach Shadreck Mlauzi yes­ter­day could not com­pletely rule her out of the match.

“She picked up a cold on our way here and with the sick­ness of this na­ture, which has res­pi­ra­tory con­cerns, we don't want to risk her.

“So we might rest her so that she com­pletely re­cu­per­ates. She had light train­ing, she’s still part of the team and we will see how it goes," said Mla uzi.

The coach is, how­ever, not short of op­tions in that depart­ment where he can also choose to start with Aldigrade Bhamu. Zim­babwe drew 0-0 with South Africa in their first match of the tour­na­ment and Mlauzi yes­ter­day said the game against Egypt is a must win for his team.

Zim­babwe are still fan­cy­ing their chances as the group is still open. Hosts Cameroon are at the top with three points af­ter record­ing a 2-0 win over the Egyp­tians in the tour­na­ment opener.

Zim­babwe and South Africa have a point each. Two teams will progress to the semi-fi­nals of the tour­na­ment which ends on De­cem­ber 3.

"Get­ting max­i­mum points is where the em­pha­sis is, goals will be a bonus. It’s go­ing to be yet an­other im­por­tant game for us," said Mlauzi.

The Mighty War­riors coach will not read much into the warm-up match they had against Egypt a few weeks ago which Zim­babwe won.

"It’s go­ing to be a tight match. All the teams in the group are fight­ing for points and it is re­ally dif­fi­cult.That match gave us a hints on their game. We know the Egyp­tians, they like to feign in­juries. We saw it in that game.

"So we ex­pect more or less the same ap­proach, more or less the de­fen­sive set-up they had against Cameroon.”

Egypt coach Mo­hamed Mustapha said women's foot­ball in his coun­try was on the re­bound. "I don't think we have come to the tour­na­ment to share points but to take points.

"Of course, we haven't made it to the tour­na­ment in 17 years but we showed we are bet­ter by qual­i­fy­ing again now.

“Foot­ball in Egypt, es­pe­cially on the women's, side has been evolv­ing," he said.

Em­mac­u­late Msipa

Shadreck Mlauzi

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