The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Mighty Warriors in Trenches for Uruguay Tie

ZIMBABWE senior women's soccer team re-grouped for the first time this year when they went into camp to prepare for the tour of Uruguay tour where they are set to feature in a five-team tournament against South American nations.

The tournament is set for early next month in Montevideo.

The Mighty Warriors last played an international match in December when they beat Botswana 5-0 in the Unity Day Challenge Cup at Rufaro.

But after being invited to Uruguay to feature in a five-team tournament, which will feature Argentina, Chile and Paraguay, the Mighty Warriors are back in training. The matches are scheduled to be played between March 4 and 10 and yesterday team manager Charity Munemo announced the players that will begin training this morning in the capital. Some of the players had started training with their clubs while some of the players are still inactive as the Marange Resources national league is still off-season.

"We last played a competitive match last December and we believe the two weeks will present us with time to shake off the rust and help us to thoroughly prepare for the games.

"We are going to Uruguay to compete and we have to be at our best.

"It would be our first time to be competing against teams from South America as we have never been to the World Cup and we are really excited.

"We hope that this tournament will help us this year when we start our qualifiers later in the year," said Munemo. Mighty Warriors coach, Rose Mugadza, has named a largely unchanged squad from the team which competed in the Unity Cup Challenge match against the neighbours. In the match against the Zebras, Black Rhinos striker Rutendo Makore fired a brace while Rudo Neshamba, Rufaro Machingura and Marjoury Nyaumwe scored a goal each.

The league champions, Black Rhinos, once again contributed the highest number of players, with six players led by club captain Talent Mandaza and Rufaro Machingura making it into the team. Mufakose Queens, weighed in with five, as players such as the national captain Onai Chingawo and Emmaculate Msipa retained their places. While Bulawayo giants, Inline Academy, provided four players.

Premiership newcomers Auckland have one player Mavis Chirandu who featured regularly for the Young Mighty Warriors last year and seems to be graduating into the senior team.

Squad

Onai Chingawo, Emmaculate Msipa, Melody Musasa, Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri, Eunice Chibanda (Mufakose Queens); Nobuhle Majika, Rudo Neshamba, Samukelisiwe Zulu, Rejoice Kamumvuti (Inline Academy); Portia Mukucha, Nokuthula Ndlovu, Sicelo Dube (New Orleans), Rutendo Makore, Talent Mandaza, Violet Bepete, Kuda Basopo, Patience Mujuru, Rufaro Machingura (Black Rhinos Queens), Marjoury Nyaumwe, Emma Mlilo (Aces Academy), Danai Bhobho, Felistas Muzongondi, Lindiwe Magwede (Cyclone Queens), Mavis Chirandu (Auckland), Chido Dzingirai (Flame Lily Queens).

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