HARARE – Zimbabwe senior women football team goalkeeper Chido Dzingirai has challenged her teammates to take their friendly against South Africa seriously.
The neighbouring countries clash on Sunday at Makhulong Stadium in Thembisa, Johannesburg
For the last two weeks, the Mighty Warriors were in camp preparing for the Olympic Games set to start in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dzingirai believes that the game against Banyana Banyana will give the technical team an opportunity to assess players and try new combinations.
“As we are going to play our first friendly match, we don’t have to underrate South Africa because they are a strong team,” she said.
What makes the game more important is that the two countries are the only two African teams who qualified for the Olympics.
Both sides will want to make sure that they start their preparations in a positive note
“We don’t have to take it as a friendly match but to take it like a competitive match,” she said.
Dzingirai said the morale is very high in the camp and they are now full prepared.
“The training is okay and everyone in the camp is now geared for the match,” she said.
Shadreck Mlauzi’s charges are also set to play a warm-up match against New Zealand just before the Rio Games.
The Mighty Warriors have been placed in a tough Group F together with global women football powerhouses Australia, Germany and Canada.
After their campaign in Rio, the Mighty Warriors do not have any time to rest as they will need to regroup for the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Cameroon in November and December.