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.