Mighty Warriors face Zambia
AFTER a perfect start to t heir COSAFA Women’s Championship campaign on Wednesday when t hey destroyed Madagascar, Zimbabwe are back i n action today against old rivals Zambia at Barbourfields gunning for another t hree points. The match kicks- off at 4: 30pm. Zimbabwe blew a number of good chances to t hrash Madagascar, who are making t heir debut appearance in t he regional football show- piece, 4- 0 in Group A’s second game of t he day.
Earlier Zambia had t humped Malawi 6- 3.
With both sides bagging t hree points on t he f irst day of t he tournament, today’s encounter promises to be close contest.
Mighty Warriors coach Sithethelelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda said they need to go a gear up taking i nto account t heir opponents are also coming from a win.
“We just need to up t he game, obviously, it’s a different f i xture all together. We need to up t he game because we believe we are also facing a team coming from a win and we are expecting a tough game. “But we are also prepared for it. “What we all know from Zambia is that they are a physical team. We are just going to have a different tactical approach against t hem,” Sibanda said.
The Mighty Warriors coach were pleased with their start on Wednesday.
“It’s good t hat we managed to win that game although we missed a lot of chances in t hat match.
“But it’s good t hat we managed to get a win, so going into our next match, obviously, we would want to correct t he mistakes we did and try to even do better,” Sibanda said.
Zimbabwe, who have most of the senior players in the team, will be banking on t he l i kes of Sheila Makoto, Nobuhle Majika, Eunice Chibanda as well as Makore who was outstanding on Wednesday by scoring all four goals.
She attributed t heir victory to teamwork.
“I was happy because it was our f irst game, we wanted to win and I was happy I scored four goals. We worked together as a team, it was teamwork.
“And tomorrow against Zambia we are hoping to continue f rom where we left. We are going to win. We know Zambia is a strong team.
“The least we can do against t hem is a draw. But according to the preparations we did I am confident we are going to win,” Makore said.
Madagascar have a date against Malawi in the other Group A match while South Africa meets Namibia in Group C.
Today: Madagascar vs Malawi (10: 30am), South Africa vs Namibia (2pm), Zimbabwe vs Zambia (4:30pm) — all matches at Barbourfields.
Tomorrow: Kenya vs Mauritius (10:30am), Lesotho vs Botswana (2pm), Mozambique vs Swaziland (4:30pm) — all matches at Luveve.
Group A: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi.
Group B: Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Swaziland.
Group C: South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana.