The Mighty Warriors team assembled in the capital on Monday to begin preparations for the senior women’s COSAFA Cup to be hosted by South Africa from the 12th to the 22nd of this month in Port Elizabeth.

The Mighty Warriors were training hard on Tuesday (yesterday) preparing for the 2018 edition of the seniors women’s COSAFA Cup at the ZIFA Village in Mt Hampden.

Sithethlelelwe “Kwinje 15” Sibanda Mighty Warriors coach said she was concentrating on the strength and condition of the players.

“I am concentrating on the players’ strength and conditioning and the players are responding well,” she said.

Sibanda retained most of the players who travelled to Maputo for a friendly against Mozambique and won 6-2 without a number of the senior, tried and tested players.

“We need to freshen things up a bit and ensure continuity. The absence of captain Talent Mandaza is due to work commitments but we have able replacements. It’s not that I have closed the door on the seniors or that all the juniors will travel but the fact they trained and are part of the team will give them confidence going into the future,” she said.

She described the COSAFA draw as tough adding that Zimbabwe will have to be at their best.

“There are no more big or small teams at the tournament we will respect all teams and play to win,” Sibanda said.

The draw for the 2018 COSAFA women’s championship saw Zimbabwe being drawn in Group C alongside Swaziland, Namibia and Uganda.

This year’s COSAFA women’s championship will be held in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa from the 12th to the 22nd of this month.

Group A comprises South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Malawi while Zambia, Cameroon, Lesotho and Mozambique are in Group B.