ZIMBABWE Football Association (Zifa) has arranged an international friendly match for the countrya��s flagship womena��s team Mighty Warriors against Mozambique in preparation for the 2018 Cosafa Women Championship.
The Cosafa tournament will be held in South Africa from 12-23 September. The friendly tie will be played in Harare on Saturday.
a�?We are happy that we are going to get a practice match. In that regard we have called a provisional squad to camp.
All things being equal, we should have more days in camp,a�? said Mighty Warriors gaffer Sithethelelwe a�?Kwinji 15a�? Sibanda.
In the previous edition, South Africaa��s Leandra Smeda scored a 90th minute winner as South Africa claimed the 2017 Cosafa Womena��s Championship crown after edging out Zimbabwea��s Mighty Warriors at Barbourfields Stadium. It was South Africaa��s Banyana Banyanaa��s fourth title from the five regional championships. Zimbabwe is the only other side to lift the crown in 2011.
Chrestinah Kgatlana had scored the opener for the South Africans just before half-time, but when tournament top-scorer Rutendo Makore equalised for the Mighty Warriors with 17 minutes remaining, it looked as though the final would have to be decided through penalties. However, when Smeda popped up to head home Chantelle Esaua��s cross in the 90th minute, she secured the trophy for her side.
South African tactician Desiree Ellis became the first individual to win the Cosafa Womena��s Championship both as a player and coach. Makore had earlier tested the reflexes of South African goalkeeper Andile Dlamini with a fearsome drive in front of an enthusiastic crowd of over 20 000 at Barbourfields.
Kgatlana and Nkoikoi Mabina also forced fine saves from Zimbabwe goalkeeper Chido Dzingirai. But Kgatlana did finally break the deadlock when she collected a pass from Smeda and found the back of the net.
Mighty Warriorsa�� 18 member squad