Mighty War­riors trounce Mada­gas­car

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Chipo Sta­dium Sa­beta at Bar­bour­fields

Zim­babwe 4-0 Mada­gas­car MIGHTY War­riors’ star Ru­tendo “Madz­i­mai” Makore net­ted a dou­ble brace yes­ter­day as the Zim­babwe se­nior women’s side made a per­fect start to the Cosafa Women’s Cham­pi­onship by thrash­ing Mada­gas­car in their tour­na­ment opener yes­ter­day.

Af­ter a slow start to the game, Makore banged her first goal three min­utes from the break be­fore adding to her tally three min­utes af­ter the breather.

Makore was once again the star of the show when she capped a hat-trick in the 77th minute be­fore scor­ing her fourth in the 80th minute.

The Mighty War­riors, who are among the pre-tour­na­ment favourites, could have won by a wider mar­gin were it not for the bril­liance of Mada­gas­car goal­keeper Verosan­tatar­tra Diana An­dri­anan­drasana who was out­stand­ing in first half.

Mighty War­riors coach, Si­thethelelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda de­scribed their first match as “per­fect” de­spite the need to con­cen­trate on their next as­sign­ment.

“It was a good start, a per­fect start for us. The team is a mix­ture of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence and the vic­tory re­lieves pres­sure on them. To play the first game and win by scor­ing many goals and to fin­ish with a clean sheet is great. I rarely sin­gle out any player, but Ru­tendo was on top of her game and I am happy when a striker per­forms that way. She is a player with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and that’s what we want up­front,” said Sibanda.

“I saw a lot of pos­i­tive things, but we don’t need to be car­ried away. This is the be­gin­ning and we have a long way to go. We rest to­mor­row and start to think about the next game.”

The Mighty War­riors will face Zam­bia to­mor­row in a po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive en­counter, but Sibanda said she will take each game as it comes.

Shipolopolo thumped Malawi 6-3 in their tour­na­ment opener yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Zim­babwe kick-started this year’s tour­na­ment by aim­ing to de­fend the crown they won in 2011, when the last edi­tion was held in Harare.

“We have played Zam­bia be­fore in dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions, but this is a fresh game and we are go­ing to work hard.

“Why do we have to sin­gle out cer­tain teams? We are fac­ing Zam­bia and we are ready for them. I watched their open­ing game and we are pre­pared to face any team. We were in camp pre­par­ing for such com­pe­ti­tion and I don’t want to put my girls un­der a lot of pres­sure. We will take each game as it comes,” she said.

Mada­gas­car coach Jo­harini­rina Rako­toma­lala is keen for an im­proved per­for­mance against Malawi.

“We man­aged to con­tain Zim­babwe in the first half but later lost con­cen­tra­tion. We were dis­jointed and gave away pos­ses­sion. The goals came from the crosses and we didn’t de­fend well. We are hop­ing for an im­proved per­for­mance against Malawi. We want to do bet­ter than to­day’s per­for­mance,” he said.

Mighty War­riors cel­e­brate their sec­ond goal against Mada­gas­car dur­ing Cosafa Women’s Cham­pi­onship at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day.

(Pic­ture by Obey Sibanda)

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