Mighty War­riors face Zam­bia

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - El­lina Mh­langa Sports Re­porter

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.

Si­thethelelwe Sibanda

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