HARARE – Zimbabwe’s women football team is scheduled to leave the country Wednesday morning for Maseru for two international friendly matches against Lesotho over the weekend.
Initially, the Mighty Warriors were scheduled to play a four-nation tournament against Botswana, Swaziland and the hosts Lesotho but the other two nations pulled out at the last minute.
The Mighty Warriors are using the friendly matches to prepare for the 2014 African Cup of Nations qualifiers set to begin in February next year.
Zimbabwe will face neighbours Botswana in the preliminary round of the qualifiers. If they progress to the next round, the Mighty Warriors will then meet the winner between Zambia and Tanzania in the final qualifying round.
“This is part of our preparations for next year’s Afcon,” Mighty Warriors coach Rosemary Mugadza told Daily News.
“We are taking our opponents seriously and we hope to post positive results. It’s good to have international matches as it will help us gauge ourselves in terms of preparedness.
“We have selected a strong squad. I think we are prepared. The league has not been running but we are no panicking. We are going there with a positive approach.”
The Mighty Warriors’ last international match was a 1-1 draw against South Africa in June.
Squad: Chido Dzingirai, Lindiwe Magwede, Portia Mukucha, Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri, Nobuhle Majika, Patience Mujuru, Kudzanai Chiparaushe, Melody Mususa, Felistas Muzongondi, Emmaculate Msipa, Marjoury Nyaumwe, Violet Bepete, Rufaro Machingura, Prisca Khumalo, Talent Mandaza, Mavis Chirandu, Sicelo Dube, Tafadzwa Tsunguro, Greater Bande, Erina Jeke.