Mighty Warriors camp in style

Raymond Jaravaza
GOOD times have indeed started rolling for the Zimbabwe senior national womena��s team a�� the Mighty Warriors a�� after the Zimbabwe Football Association kept its promise to adequately take care of the team in a revised training camp now underway in Bulawayo.

Unlike in previous years when the team was made to camp at Zifa village under hideous conditions, surviving on a diet of poorly cooked sadza, a traditional vegetable a�� ibhobola a�� and boiled matemba, dignity has been restored to the history making Mighty Warriors who are booked at an up market Continental Hotel in the city.

Situated in the leafy suburb of Kumalo, Continental Hotel is a two-star establishment certified by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and boasts of 30 rooms, a stark contrast to the Zifa Village which has been routinely shunned by senior national teams right down to the Young Warriors.

According to coach Shadreck Mlauzi, while in Bulawayo, the technical team will take advantage of facilities at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) to test fitness levels of players.

The Mighty Warriors will continue their training camp in Harare after 29 March in preparation for a double assault on both the Olympics and the African Womena��s Cup of Nations qualifiers that will precede the summer games.

Zimbabwe will lock horns with Tanzania in the African Womena��s Cup of Nations with the Mighty Warriors travelling away for the first leg on 4-6 March.

The Mighty Warriors made history by becoming the first local side to qualify for the Olympic Games and will head into the global sporting showcase in the Brazilian seaside city of Rio de Janeiro.

Depending on the outcome of the qualifiers, they may head to Cameroon for the African Womena��s Cup of Nations to be held in December.

Mighty Warriors camping squad:
Goalkeepers: Chido Dzingirai (Flame Lily), Lindiwe Magwede (Cyclone Stars), Vanessa Lunga (Black Rhinos)

Defenders: Nobuhle Majika (Inline Academy), Sheila Makoto (Blue Swallows), Eunice Chibanda, Lynette Mutokuto, Daisy Kaitano, Patience Mujuru, Rufaro MachinguraA� (all Black Rhinos), Nobukhosi Ncube, Prisca Khumalo (New Orleans), Sarudzai Chikowore (Conduit)

Midfielders : Emmaculate Msipa, Talent Mandaza, Viola Ndlovu (all Black Rhinos), Rejoice Kapfumvuti, Sifundile Moyo (Inline Academy), Felistas Muzongondi (Mwenezana), Marjory Nyaumwe (Flame Lily), Greater Bhande (Cyclone Stars), Aldiglade Bhamu, (Mufakose), Mavis Chirandu (Weerams), Nomazulu Tshuma (Hwange)

Strikers: Rudo Neshamba (Weerams), Erina Jeke, Samkelisiwe Zulu (all Flame Lily), Tonderai Masango, Privilege Mupeti (all Inline Academy), Sibonginkosi Nleya (Chapungu)

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