The Zimbabwe senior women’s football side head coach Sithethelelwe “KwinjIe 15” Sibanda believes the Mighty Warriors will have to rely on their experience to grind a result this Thursday in the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) tie in Windhoek, Namibia.
Sibanda whose troops began preparations last week played a single match against a men’s side as they prepared to face Namibia in Windhoek.
The Mighty Warriors who were last in action during the September 2017 senior women’s COSAFA Castle Cup face their first hurdle in a bid to qualify for the AWCON starting this Thursday.
The Zimbabwe ladies are confident of getting a positive result despite lack of match fitness and poor preparations as the new women’s league season is yet to start.
“The girls are raring to go…they are not yet 100 percent fit but have been responding well to the training and our focus is now on the Namibian tie,” said Sibanda adding that “I have gone for experience and believe the senior players have what it takes to grind a result and take us through”.
There are also doubts over star striker Rutendo Makore who is supposed to link up with the team in Namibia from Spain amid reports she picked up an injury at the weekend but Sibanda said they are yet to hear from Club Heluva medical team in Spain.
Coming from the off season the technical team has opted tried and tested players with defender Edeline Mutumbami of Blue Swallows set to earn her first international cap while Susan Munyama of Herentals College continues with her romance with the team after winning her first cap during the COSAFA tournament last September.
The team is expected to travel tomorrow for Windhoek and play their match on Thursday evening at 6pm local time with the return leg set for two days later in Harare.