The Zimbabwe women national soccer team, the Mighty Warriors have begun preparations for the regional Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) senior women’s tournament scheduled for September 13-24 in Bulawayo.
The tournament which has attracted 11 teams after Seychelles pulled out and will be hosted at Luveve and Babourfields stadiums.
A 30-member provisional Mighty Warriors squad is camped at the ZIFA Village in Mt Hampden and training at Heritage High School following complications with the Astro-turf pitch at the ZIFA Village.
The Mighty Warriors have not played a match since the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) last November in Cameroon where they faced perennial rivals South Africa, Egypt and the hosts, Cameroon.
The team is under the tutelage of Sithethelewe ‘Kwinje 15’ Sibanda who has been handed the reigns after being an assistant to former head coach and schoolteacher, Shadreck Mlauzi throughout the trailblazing RIO Olympics and AWCON.
Black Rhinos Queens coach, Weddington Chinyanganya is the assistant, Tavaka Gumbo the technical advisor, while Peter Nkomo is the goalkeepers coach and Charity Munemo retained as team manager.
Coach Sibanda said she is happy the camp has taken off and will have some time to work with the players ahead of the tournament.
Black Rhinos Queens have seven players in the squad.
Zimbabwe hosted the tournament twice before in 2002 and 2011 when they won it.
South Africa have won the most titles with three wins in 2002, 2006 and 2008.