Neshamba eyes Banyana upset


JOHANNESBURG – Striker Rudo Neshamba believes the Zimbabwe women football team can pull off an upset against South Africa in Saturday’s friendly international at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton.

The Inline Academy forward – who had a stint in Botswana last season – said the Mighty Warriors are unfazed about their opponent’s world-class status ahead of the two neighbours’ clash in this football-crazy township, located in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality of Gauteng province.

The Mighty Warriors are high on confidence after beating Zambia’s Chipolopolo Ladies 3-1 last month in another international friendly match and a win Saturday will see them rise on the Fifa rankings.

“We are not expecting an easy match. You know South Africa are one of the strongest sides on the continent and they would want to maintain that,” Neshamba told Daily News here Firday.

“But we have to work hard. We have a strong team and everyone is geared up for the match. We are looking forward to cause an upset on their home soil.

“We are looking at building a strong team for the future and these friendly matches will help us gauge our progress. We have the Cosafa Cup coming soon, so it’s good for the team. We just need to go out there and play our normal game without putting ourselves under pressure and I know we will deliver tomorrow (Saturday).”

Matches between the two teams are always closely-contested encounters.

Last year, Banyana Banyana beat Zimbabwe 1-0 before settling for a one-all draw later in the year. –  Godknows Matarutse 

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