By Larry Trusida
The Mighty Warriors take on Eswatini in an Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier at the National Sports Stadium this Wednesday.
The senior women’s team has never lost to Southern African minnows but Coach Sithetelelwe Sibanda is not reading much into that history.
The Mighty Warriors, who had a dismal showing at the COSAFA tournament last month, have never lost to Eswatini.
The matches have been one sided with Zimbabwe winning by huge score margins including a 7-nil win in their last encounter in 2019.
However, the senior women’s team only managed to regroup for last month’s COSAFA tournament after being inactive for almost two years.
While Eswatini players have been playing league football they lost all three matches at COSAFA tournament conceding 15 goals while Zimbabwe won two matches.
With a better head to head record against their opponents, the Mighty Warriors are not taking any chances.
“We can’t be thinking about history right now everyone has improved and we have been inactive for a while so we are almost at par,” said coach Sithethelelwe ‘Kwinji’ Sibanda.
The team will be without chief striker, Rutendo ‘Madzimai’ Makore who is out through injury while experienced midfielder Mavis Chirandu and Talent Mungwanda have been excused on personal grounds.
With the exception of those three all the other players who were at the COSAFA Women’s championship are available.
The reverse encounter against Eswatini will be played on the 26th of this month.