© MIGHTY Warriors coach Sithethelelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda went for experience in picking her final squad that left the country yesterday for the Cosafa Women’s Championships which kicks off tomorrow in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Mighty Warriors are hoping for better fortunes at this year’s tournament after they were handed a relatively easy draw as they headline Group C, alongside Mozambique, Angola and Eswatini.
Skipper Talent Mandaza leads a cast of experienced players that also includes the returning striker Rudo Neshamba, veteran goalkeeper Onai Chingawo, Sheila Makoto, Daisy Kaitano, Emmaculate Msipa, Mavis Chirandu, Felistas Muzongondi and Marjory Nyaumwe among others.
Zimbabwe begin their campaign with a date against Angola with Sibanda explaining her thought process in coming up with the final squad. “I think we have picked the best players possible for the job under the circumstances,” she said.
“We felt there is no need for experimenting and we needed to go with the tried and tested. We want to go and compete and I can safely say we are now ready and looking forward to give a good account of ourselves.
“It will be good if we can make it to the semi-finals, then we will take it from there and see how far we can progress.”
There is little room for error for the Mighty Warriors, who were eliminated in the quarter-finals last year at the hands of Uganda, as only the top team in each pool advances to the semifinals, where they will be joined by third-place finisher. Hosts South Africa, who dominated the senior regional competition in recent years were drawn in Group A alongside Malawi and Madagascar.
Squad: Chido Dzingirai, Lindiwe Magwede, Onai Chingawo, Nobukhosi Ncube, Sheila Makoto, Nobuhle Majika, Lynett Mutokuto, Sithembile Nyoni, Danai Bhobho, Talent Mandaza, Daisy Kaitano, Emmaculate Msipa, Mavis Chirandu, Felistas Muzongondi, Edline Mutumbami, Marjory Nyaumwe, Rudo Neshamba, Susan Nyama, Maudy Mafuruse