Hwange goalie chal­lenges Mighty War­riors coach

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Nkosi­lathi Sibanda, Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

HWANGE Ladies FC goal­keeper Pamela Mh­langa has said that if the Mighty War­riors are to put a last­ing im­pres­sion in con­ti­nen­tal foot­ball, na­tional team coach Shadreck Mlauzi should con­sider scout­ing for tal­ent in the coal min­ing town.

Mh­langa, whose team is fast be­com­ing a pow­er­house in the do­mes­tic women foot­ball league, opines that there are many good play­ers out­side big­ger towns.

She made the claim after re­view­ing the na­tional women soc­cer team’s per­for­mance at the on­go­ing African Women’s Cup of Na­tions (AWCON) in Cameroon. The Mighty War­riors pulled all strings out in the con­ti­nen­tal cam­paign but failed to ad­vance to the next stage. The Mighty War­riors’ hopes were quashed after suc­cumb­ing to a 2-nil de­feat to Cameroon.

The Hwange Ladies shot stop­per be­lieves the team would have made it if Mlauzi had faith in other play­ers else­where.

“As a foot­baller I was dis­ap­pointed with how the Mighty War­riors played. The girls are tal­ented but I urge the coach to try tal­ent from ar­eas such as Hwange. I am not un­der­min­ing the cur­rent setup, but en­cour­ag­ing the tech­ni­cal team to com­ple­ment the team by call­ing play­ers from Hwange as well,” she said.

The 28 year old was one of the best goal­keep­ers this sea­son and was once called up to the na­tional team in 2015.

An ad­min­is­tra­tor in women’s soc­cer echoed Mh­langa’s view, em­pha­sis­ing the need for women soc­cer to spread na­tion­wide.

South­ern re­gion foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tor and Street Set Foot­ball club boss Lee Man­gena said clubs must help in the build­ing of a strong Mighty War­riors team through avail­ing play­ers they deem fit for the na­tional team.

“The coach must scout for play­ers from all over. The Mighty War­riors are a na­tional team and as such need to have a tal­ented side com­pris­ing play­ers from all over the coun­try.” @NkosieLe­gend

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