Ru­tendo Makore on the brink of his­tory

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Tariro Cha­ran­dura

MADA­GAS­CAR, Zam­bia and Malawi all failed to find a so­lu­tion for her.

Can long-time ri­vals Banyana Banyana of South Africa con­tain the ma­raud­ing Ru­tendo “Madz­i­mai” Makore in to­day’s Cosafa Women’s Cham­pi­onship fi­nal?

Or they will just be an­other vic­tim of this li­on­ess?

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Zim­babwe face South Africa at Bar­bour­fields in a re­peat of the 2011 fi­nal which the Mighty War­riors won, thanks to Makore.

The Mighty War­riors striker has been a thorn in the flesh at the COSAFA Women Cham­pi­onships where she has proven to be quite the un­stop­pable force.

On nine goals, Makore is the tour­na­ment’s joint top scorer along with Malaw­ian twins Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga.

And the Black Rhi­nos Queens star still wants more.

“Nine goals are good but I want more and I will bring my A game on Sun­day (to­day),” de­clared Makore.

“The plan is just to put in 110 per­cent fo­cus be­cause we can­not af­ford to lose, we are sim­ply in this to win it.”

Makore’s late fa­ther, Ku­dak­washe Ma­sum­buko, was a de­cent foot­ball player who turned out for Mhangura and Amazulu while her mother was a net­baller.

Ru­tendo chose to fol­low in her fa­ther’s foot­steps.

She has since de­cided to ded­i­cate this Cosafa Cham­pi­onships to her late fa­ther.

“My fa­ther passed on in 1999 when I was six years old, so I never re­ally knew my fa­ther’s love.

“My mother played a big role in my life be­cause she was both the fa­ther and the mother to three girls but un­for­tu­nately my youngest sis­ter passed on.

“So I want to ap­pease my fa­ther’s spirit and wish by win­ning the Cosafa Cup,” re­vealed Makore.

Her feat in Bu­l­awayo has taken her past Ru­faro Machin­gura, who scored eight at the last cham­pi­onships held in Zim­babwe six years ago.

In all this glitz, the Nor­ton-bred Makore has kept her feet on the ground.

She is not get­ting ahead of her­self as an­other piece of his­tory beck­ons for the Mighty War­riors.

“I feel so hum­bled to have taken my team this far but I don’t want to take all the credit be­cause it was all team­work.

“All the Mighty War­riors should also be ap­plauded.”

Makore be­lieves home ad­van­tage will sway to­day’s fi­nal in favour of the Mighty War­riors.

“We want to make use of home ad­van­tage and make an im­pact. Per­son­ally, I think this is a chance for me to shine and I be­lieve this could be my big­gest break,” she said.

“We have faced South Africa be­fore with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess but like we did with other op­po­nents, we need to beat them and re­claim our tit­tle once again and I think the team is ready,” she said. Off the field, Makore is a fash­ion­ista. She en­joys shop­ping and fol­lows the lat­est fash­ion trends on every so­cial net­work. “Yes, I play soc­cer but I am a girl and peo­ple just have the men­tal­ity that all ladies who play soc­cer look and be­have like men but I like hav­ing the lat­est fash­ion.

“Even if it means shop­ping around the whole day I can do it with no re­grets,” Makore said.

Just like most soc­cer stars, the Nor­ton-based player wishes to put the coun­try on the map by play­ing for Euro­pean clubs.

“Play­ing for the Mighty War­riors is a big deal but it’s not my big­gest break. “I want more.” “And be­ing in the na­tional team is the best way to be no­ticed, show­case your tal­ent and to prove your­self.”

Makore scored all four goals as Zim­babwe beat Mada­gas­car in their group opener be­fore her soli­tary strike earned the Mighty War­riors a 1-1 draw against Zam­bia.

She was at her lethal best once again as her hat-trick saved Zim­babwe from de­feat against Malawi in a game that ended 3-3.

Zim­babwe met Kenya in the semis last Thurs­day and Makore was on tar­get again as the Mighty War­riors thumped the East Africans 4-0 on their way to to­day’s fi­nal.

Mar­jory Nyaumwe, Berita Kabwe and Priv­i­lege Mu­peti were also scored against Kenya.

And to­day, Zim­babwe come face to face with old ri­vals South Africa once again hop­ing to re­peat the 2011 achieve­ment when the Mighty War­riors won 1-0 in the fi­nal.

Banyana re­main the most suc­cess­ful team at the Cosafa Cham­pi­onships hav­ing won the tour­na­ment in 2002, 2006 and 2008.

To be­come the new top scorer, the Nor­ton-based striker only needs three goals.

Ru­tendo Makore (No. 15) tus­sles for pos­ses­sion with Kenya’s Juliet Andibo(No. 3) dur­ing the Mighty War­riors 4-0 win over the East Africans. INSETS: Ru­tendo the fash­ion­ista

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