mighty wrriors 13-12-10.jpg‘If Zimbabwe beats Liberia at home this September while Mali draw with Cape Verde, then Zimbabwe will open up a realistic chance of qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.’

This statement is what has become synonymous with Zimbabwean soccer followers many of whom now live on the ‘If’ probable permutations.

These probable permutations are because the men’s national side, the Warriors’ chances of qualifying for AFCON 2012 are hanging by a thread.

As a result, analysts say the nation’s under performance at major tournaments is because of lack of hindsight to prepare in advance.

Now with the All Africa Games finalists, the Mighty Warriors having begun their preparations for the Maputo games with a two weeks tour of Germany, analysts believe that this training camp is a major development of Zimbabwe football.

The analysts noted that the Germany training tour is a foundation that many sports organisations should build upon, football included.

“Good preparations for any tournament or game are very crucial for success. So this trip is a vital preparatory step for our ladies and this should not end here, but should be done even by the men’s team, the Warriors,” said soccer analyst and commentator, Admire Taderera.

Resilience, endurance, mental preparedness, tactical approach and competition were noted as some of the attributes that the Mighty Warriors will revitalise by entertaining the Germany preparatory trip.

Women soccer boss, Mavis Gumbo says the team’s departure to the European country is expected to yield the desired results to be felt at local level.

“This trip is meant to sharpen the team’s skills ahead of the Maputo games.

Remember the Mighty Warriors are in a tough group that comprises African powerhouse, Ghana; perennial rivals, South Africa and Tanzania, so the Germany trip will put our team in good shape to face these teams,”  said Gumbo.

With a national league already in place, observers say the challenge is now to attract the corporate world across the sporting world with women soccer as a starting point.

In Germany, the Mighty Warriors will play a series of friendly matches against Germany league teams, with the climax of the tour coming when the Zimbabwean ladies face off with the German national women side.