Geophrey Sifani Sports Reporter
MIGHTY Warriors’ coach Shadreck Mlauzi has expressed frustration at the suspension of the senior national women’s soccer team camp.
The girls were supposed to go into camp at Elangeni Training Centre in Bulawayo yesterday, but it was called off due to what Zifa called unforeseen circumstances.
Mlauzi was fuming at the postponement, saying it was disheartening as he had initially wanted the camp to start on Sunday.
He said the Bulawayo-based girls were ready to meet their Harare-based teammates, who slept at Zifa village in preparation for the journey to the City of Kings, and were disappointed to hear of the cancellation of the camp.
“We’re now two months behind the schedule we initially presented to Zifa, but there’s nothing I can do. We’ll just wait for new dates, but it’s going to affect our preparations and performance,” said Mlauzi.
The Mighty Warriors are scheduled to play a friendly match against Banyana Banyana of South Africa on January 27 at a venue yet to be confirmed, but the latest developments leave the game in doubt.
Zifa spokesman Xolisani Gwesela said they were attending to the challenge so that the girls go into camp as soon as possible.
“We’re working round the clock to make sure the girls go into camp and start preparations for their competitions. We’re going to give them the green light for the camp as soon as things get back on track,” said Gwesela.
The Mighty Warriors will make a historic appearance at the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil in August. Prior to that, the girls will battle it out with Tanzania in qualifiers for the 12th edition of the African Women Cup of Nations in March. If they overcome Tanzania, the Mighty warriors will take on either Zambia or Namibia.
The African Women Cup of Nations will be hosted by Cameroon from November 19 to December 3, 2016.