Preparations for the upcoming COSAFA senior women’s championships are on gear with the visit to the country by the COSAFA chief operating officer, Sue Destombes and her team to inspect facilities to be used for the games.

The games which return to Zimbabwe after the last edition was hosted in 2011 will be played at Barbourfields and Luveve Stadiums in Bulawayo from 13-24 September.

12 countries are set to battle it out in what is expected to be a fierce competition which will also include guests from outside the region in Kenya.

Speaking on the sidelines of a tour to access the venues, Destombes revealed her satisfaction with Zimbabwe’s readiness despite a few touch ups that are needed at both match venues.

Games referees’ manager, Felix Tangawarima also revealed that a referees course was on the cards together with a coaching school for participants with indications that a top panel of match officials had been selected.

Following the city’s hosting of the AUSC games in 2014, ZIFA vice president Omega Sibanda bemoaned the removal of some of the legacy equipment from the facilities and urged responsible authorities to desist from the practice if benefits were to be derived from hosting such tournaments.

The Mighty Warriors will be expected to follow their male counterparts’ championship winning performance in the games that are likely to be for free to the spectators according to the local organising committee.