By Muziwethu Hadebe
Young Mighty Warriors Head Coach Rosemary Mugadza is hopeful that her team will get a good result against Malawi at Bulawayo’s Babourfields Stadium on Saturday, in the preliminary round, second leg 2020 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifier.
The Zimbabwe girls will walk onto the Babourfields turf carrying a 1-1 draw they picked from the first leg two weeks back in Blantyre, Malawi.
Faith Drive FC midfielder Shyline Dambamuromo scored the important away goal for Zimbabwe.
“We have not broken camp since we came from Malawi and this should help us get a good result and a strong performance just like we did in the first half in Malawi,” said Mugadza who played for Zimbabwe and has coached the senior national team before.
The Young mighty warriors looked sharp during a two hour training session on Friday morning at the match venue under the watchful eyes of Mugadza and her assistant Nomusa Moyo.
Mugadza admitted that Malawi were good and very creative in midfield while appreciating their weakness in defence, something she said they will hope to capitalize on with her fast strikers.
The former New Orleans player refused suggestions that the performance of the U17 girls who were booted out of their world cup qualifier 7-0 on aggregate by Botswana, losing 2-0 last Sunday at the same venue will affect them.
“I think the U17 girls did well as they were taking part for the first time in the qualifiers, this U20 team is taking part for the second time and we hope to do better than we did in 2014,” said Mugadza.
Harare City goalkeeper Cynthia Shonga was impressive at training with a number of good saves and good ball distribution.
“ Given our preparations and training we are confident of getting a good result as we are playing at home and it’s on a bigger pitch which they might find difficult to play on,” was the reaction of the former Faith Drive FC player at the end of the training session.
Diana Rose Banda who plays for Queen Lozikeyi Academy seemed to capitalize on bulldozing her way through defenders at training, a strength she might want to fully utilize on Saturday.
If Zimbabwe beat Malawi they will look up to Ethiopia in their next challenge. South Africa or Botswana will await them after Ethiopia. The last hurdle to a world cup ticket will come in the form of Ghana.
Mugadza believes her defence needs to watch out Malawi’s Yamikani Mhango, the striker who came as a substitute and scored the equalizer with three minutes of the match left.
Goalkeepers Cynthia Shonga (Harare City), Tariro Chirume (Faith Drive).
Defenders Pationa Nyamugure (Faith Drive), Precious Baison (Auckland), Moreblessing Bwende (Harare City), Sharon Teterai (Black Rhinos), Annie Ndura(COSA)
Midfielders Faith Chezhara (Harare City), Shyline Dambamuromo (Faith Drive), Ennety Chemhere (Hearts of Oak), Valeria Packry (Harare City), Tinotenda Sakara(Harare City),Rennie Mudimu(Faith Drive), Beata Chako(Maningi).
Strikers Talent Bizeki (Maningi), Diana Rose Banda (Queen Lozikeyi academy), Nothando Mthunzi (Magwegwe Stars), Greatwin Dzawo (Faith Drive)
Possible starting 11 SHONGA, NYAMUGURE, BAISON, BWENDE, TETERAI, CHEZHARA, DAMBAMUROMO, CHEMHERE, PACKRY, BIZEKI, BANDA.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ The Bosso AGM
HIGHLANDERS FOOTBALL CLUB new coach Mark Harrison started his job on a ‘Savings’ tip as he avoided a possible bill of $ 877 000 RTGS.
This was disclosed by Highlanders chairman Kenneth Mhlophe at the Bosso AGM last Sunday.
“We need the help of everyone for the team to move forward as the expenses are getting higher, as we speak we were meant to raise $ 877 000 RTGS for the team’s pre-season training camp but we were fortunate enough as the coach indicated that he needed the players here in Bulawayo, he said he will only need two days out of Bulawayo for his team building session”, said Mhlophe.
It will seem the Executive had anticipated a pre-season training camp from the Britton as was the case last season with Madinda Ndlovu, the then head coach who left the club half way through the season for Botswana.
With a local training programme it means Harrison saved Bosso from forking out an equivalent of USD 35 000 on the alternative market.
Last year’s Bosso pre-season training camp in Matopo was marred by an industrial action by the senior team players, which only stopped towards the start of the season.
Mhlophe also touched on the expensive FIFA approved balls that the team needs which he said cost USD 150 each with the new coach pointing out that he needed 100 of those.
Chief Executive Officer Nhlanhla Dube, then explained why the coach needs 100 balls.
“The 60 balls are for training and the 40 are for match days, roughly on match days a ball can be used once or twice and say three times depending on the coach, I remember when the late Eddie May was the coach we would use a ball once for match days”, Dube explained.
It was at this juncture that individual members pledged 12 balls by the end of the meeting.
In as much as they pledged the 12 balls, there was no member who queried why Bosso has over the years failed or what has it done to attract a technical partner that will supply such balls, other training equipment as well as proper playing kits leading to supplying replicas for the fans.
Instead the members were advised by the chairman that Bosso is in the process of raising USD 20 000 to ship such replica jerseys from China.
Such merchandise through a reputable technical partner can go a long way in addressing the financial struggles of Highlanders. The PSL and ZIFA should also be seen to be sourcing for such technical partners when it comes to match day balls.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ The Highlanders Club House, Bulawayo.
The non-availability of Highlanders Football Club 2019 audited financial statement almost resulted in the Club’s AGM being postponed last Sunday at the Highlanders Club House in Bulawayo.
Vocal club members felt it was not proper for the AGM to go ahead without the financial report from the Treasurer Donald Ndebele. This occurred after Ndebele had explained to the members that the auditors were going through the financials and as the executive they were seeking the way forward from the members.
“Any serious organization takes its financials as the major business of the AGM, is an AGM an AGM without the audited financials, lets postpone this meeting if the financials are not ready”, said Njabulo Bango.
Bango was supported by a number of members who included Beke Ngoma, Ezra Sibanda, Andrew Tapela, Allan Mpofu and a Mr Ngwenya who said the apology for the non-availability of the financial statement should have come from the Chairman and not the Treasurer.
Just when it looked like the motion to postpone the AGM moved by Tapela was about to be seconded, Moeli Kelebile stood up to suggest that besides the financials there were a lot of other issues that the members needed to discuss pertaining to the 2019 soccer season, making reference to the Chairman’s report.
Kenneth Mhlophe the Chairman then put the issue to a vote with 42 members voting for the meeting to proceed while 20 members wanted the meeting to be postponed. The meeting which started an hour and 25 minutes late had stared with 75 members present, meaning 13 members had not voted.
The 75 members present did not constitute a quorum for the AGM to go ahead but agreed to proceed with the business of the day.
Speaking to Mysports after the AGM Ndebele said that the audit was actual current on and that the auditors had requested for more time as a number of revaluations needed to be done due to the change of currencies from the USD to ZWL.
He however did not say when the audit had commenced. Bosso members will now meet again on 8 March to debate on the audited financial statement.
Sponsorship income is likely to be the top revenue earner once more with Highlanders winning the Chibuku Super Cup in 2019 ahead of Gate takings, as Bosso saw improved attendances towards the end of the season.