'We can do it'

MIGHTY Warriors captain Felistus “Figo” Muzongondi says they quickly need to put their challenges behind and start focusing on their upcoming Africa Women Cup of Nations (Awcon)scheduled for Cameroon later this month.

Lack of resources has seen the Mighty Warriors fail to begin preparations in time for their third appearance at the Awcon as the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) kept turning a blind eye on women’s football team.
Despite the desire by Mighty Warriors coach Shadreck Mlauzi to have a long training camp, the team only started preparations yesterday after the intervention of a fundraising committee, only 15 days before the tournament kicks off.

The fundraising committee was commissioned by Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane last month to raise funds for the team.

The committee chaired by Old Mutual Group Marketing executive Lilian Mbayiwa was tasked to raise at least $300 000 for the team.

The committee held a fundraising dinner at a local hotel on Wednesday night as they stepped up their efforts to raise funds for the team which is scheduled to be in Cameroon by November 14.

The committee is also today expected to launch an SMS promotion for a nationwide raffle titled #GirlPowerZW which will see a lucky winner drive a brand new Datsun Go sedan.

And speaking at the fundraising dinner, where a lot of companies came on board to support the cause of the team, Muzongondi said they need to forget about the shoddy preparations and use the little time left to gear up for Cameroon.

“We want to thank you for your support. We now need to make the best out of the little time that is left.
“We promise you that we will do our best when we go to the Awcon,” Muzongondi said.

The Mighty Warriors, who are pitted against African powerhouses Cameroon, South Africa and Egypt in Group A, will begin their account against neighbours South Africa at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé on November 19 before facing Egypt three days later.

Mlauzi’s charges will then complete their group assignments against Cameroon on November 25 with the top two teams proceeding to the semi-finals.

Group B consists of defending champions Nigeria, Ghana, Mali and Kenya.
Awcon will run from November 19 to December 3.

As part of their preparations, the Mighty Warriors played Egypt at Rufaro Stadium last month in a hastily-arranged friendly match, which they won 2-1.

In that match,  Mlauzi had to do largely with a makeshift side after some league teams declined to release their players for national duty.

Zifa have also secured a friendly match for the Mighty Warriors against South Africa next week.  —Godknows Matarutse

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