THE Mighty Warriors trooped into camp yesterday at ZIFA Village ahead of their Olympic Games qualifiers first leg tie against Zambia at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka this weekend. Zimbabwe are starting their campaign in the second round after they received a bye in the first round, which got underway in April. The match is slated for Sunday and the return leg will be played on the weekend of May 29-31.
Yesterday, coach Rosemary Mugadza called 25 players into camp ahead of their departure sometime this week.
The provisional squad is made up mostly of seasoned players such as captain Felistas Muzongondi, defenders Nobuhle Majika and Patience Mujuru.
Veteran midfielder Marjory Nyaumwe, goalkeeper Chido Dzingirai and striker Rudo Neshamba are part of the squad in camp at ZIFA Village.
This leaves the team with less than a week of training and it remains to be seen if they will be able to rise above the situation and come out with a positive result in Zambia.
Last year Zimbabwe missed out on the African Women Championships when they lost to Zambia in the qualifiers and with such a short camp the Mighty Warriors are likely to face a tough task in Zambia as they seek to qualify for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Mighty Warriors failed to qualify for the African Games to be staged in Congo Brazzaville in September when they lost 3-4 on aggregate against Ghana and the team remains hopeful of better fortunes as they begin their campaign on Sunday.
Chido Dzingirai, Deliwe Makaha, Process Chatsamwa, Patience Mujuru, Nobuhle Majika, Shiela Makoto, Melody Musasa, Moleen Murandu, Fortunate Kandarira, Emmaculate Msipa, Talent Mandaza, Felistas Muzongondi, Marjory Nyaumwe, Rejoyce Kapfumvuti, Samukeliso Zulu, Mavis Chirandu, Chido Muhara, Erina Jeke, Rudo Neshamba, Tafadzwa Tsunguro, Berita Kabwe, Rumbidzai Zhoya, Realise Maphosa, Violet Bepete, Bokani Sibanda.
Rosemary Mugadza (head coach), Mebelo Njekwa (assistant coach), Ndega Matsika (goalkeepers coach), Charity Mudziti-Munemo (team manager), Fungai Nyamutukwa (goalkeepers coach), Margret Maulana (team doctor), Gillian Mudzengi (physiotherapist).