mighty-warriors_07-07-11.jpg22 December will rekindle the battle of Limpopo for the female version of the football game when the Mighty Warriors play their South African counterparts, Banyana Banyana in a Unity Cup Challenge match.

South African football sides have an insatiable craving to embarrass Zimbabwean sides and the Mighty Warriors  may fall victim to this desire once again when Banyana Banyana  troop to Rufaro for the Unity Cup Challenge.

Banyana Banyana won the first International Unity Cup Challenge 3-nil last year.

Zimbabwe was then re-emerging from a long slumber and a year of full activity has certainly changed the complexion of the Mighty Warriors squad.

A Cosafa finals victory confirmed this change as Zimbabwe crushed South Africa by a goal to lift the regional trophy.

While previously the Mighty Warriors have failed to beat South Africa at this highest level, the Cosafa shift predicts a change of tide.

Vows to see the Unity Cup remaining on home turf have been made but the big question is what should the Mighty Warriors do to seize back the trophy?

The willingness to seize the trophy from the South Africans should emanate from their lengthy spell in camp preparing for this big clash.

If Zimbabwe managed to beat Banyana Banyana in the COSAFA final, then the same feat can be repeated even on a much bigger margin.

But what is now needed is mentally preparedness to compliment the psychical talent and forget about the 5-1 embarrassment by the same opponents at the All-Africa Games.

While Banyana Banyana boasts of a complete squad strong in all departments, the Mighty Warriors will have to ride on composure and teamwork to stop the visitors from playing their usual passing game.

With Zimbabwe playing at home, the stakes are in their favour with the 12th men or should I say 12th woman, the home crowd should prop up the Mighty Warriors for the entire 90 minutes.

The desire to revenge the 5-1 drubbing in Mozambique gives the Mighty Warriors a strong motive to emerge victors and win back the support of their fans.

But probably their biggest push should be to prove that on a day when Zimbabwe is celebrating the significance of unity among all Zimbabweans, football is indeed the biggest unifier of all humanity.

Banyana Banyana arrive in the country on Monday, in time for the match but are no longer bringing their reserve side to curtain raise the International Unity Cup Challenge match.