Makore over the moon

MIGHTY Warriors striker Rutendo “Madzimai” Makore has expressed delight after clinching the Golden Boot at the just-ended Cosafa Women’s Championships in Bulawayo.

Although hosts Zimbabwe lost 2-1 to South Africa the final, at Barbourfields Stadium last Sunday, Makore finished the tournament as the top goalscorer with 10 goals.

It was South Africa’s fourth title from the five regional championships played, with Zimbabwe the only other side to have won the tournament in 2011.

Despite finishing the tournament with a silver medal, Makore caught the eye with her sharp alertness inside the box as she tormented defenders.

“It was exciting scoring for my country,” the striker told the Weekend Post.

“Scoring 10 goals in five games wasn’t easy but I thank my teammates too for the good work done on the pitch, the coaches as well and everyone who supported us.”

Despite finishing the tournament with the Golden Boot, Makore is not resting on her laurels and is looking forward to future assignments with the Mighty Warriors.

“It encourages me to work even harder because as a striker it’s my responsibility to score goals,” she said.
“I just want to keep on working hard and probably score more goals for my country.”

Since the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon in December last year, the Mighty Warriors had not played any international matches.

Despite this inactivity, the side showedpotential by reaching the Cosafa Women’s Championship final.
Makore feels future for the Mighty Warriors is bright before lauding some of the rookies, who were given nod by coach Sithethelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda in the absence of some of the senior players.

Regular Mighty Warriors players like vice captain Emmaculate Msipa and Mavis Chirandu were not part of the Cosafa squad as they were away with other commitments.

“I was very pleased with the rookies and the steps they made,” the Black Rhinos striker said.

“But I would not want to use the word happy or satisfied because this is just the beginning for most of them.
“But I’m very hopeful for the younger ones we have seen here, almost all improved on what they did on the field.
“They showed that they can compete and I think that is important.”

Makore believes the team can only get better if they are afforded more game time.
“I think we need to have more game time. That’s the only way we can improve as a team,” she said.

“It’s difficult to only play together when we are going into a competition. We need to play together more often so that we get to understand each other better.”

The Mighty Warriors made history last year by becoming the first national football team to qualify for a global competition when they participated at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

In Brazil, the Zimbabwean ladies won the hearts of many admirers as they played with determination and flair against global football powerhouses like Germany, Canada and Australia.

Then the Mighty warriors were under the guidance of coach Shadreck Mlauzi, who has since been replaced by Sibanda.
—Godknows Matarutse


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