Mighty Warriors not so mighty

JOHANNESBURG The recent thrashing of Zimbabwes Mighty Warriors has left many wondering whether the womens senior national soccer team is following in the footsteps of their male counterparts.

Preparing for the CAF African Womens Championships, which South Africa hosts in Ekurhuleni between October 31 and December 14, Augustine Makalakalanes charges condemned Zimbabwe to probably their worst defeat at the hands of their southern neighbour.

African Player of the Year, Noko Matlou, Mamphasha Popela and Amanda Dlamini and teenage debutant Jermaine Seoposenwe (17) combined for the four-goal blast that left the Mighty Warriors with a shattered ego. It is hoped that the defeat does not mark the beginning of a crumble that has, over the past five years, seen the mens senior national team, the Warriors, slide down the world and continental rankings below Botswana, the Central African Republic and Niger.

Banyana were preparing for the Womens championship, which they are under pressure to win as hosts, but the fact that the Warriors own cruise-controlled tumble came after they had been subjected to their heaviest defeat by South Africa – a 3-0 drubbing and also in an international friendly can arguably be a bad omen to the womens side.

The hard work put in by the national players and the technical staff at the training camps over the past two months is paying off and the spirit in the camp is high ahead of our participation in the CAF African Women Championship 2010, said one of the South African players. Banyana Banyana will next play their Group A matches at the Sinaba stadium against Tanzania, Nigeria and Mali.

Post published in: Zimbabwe Sports News

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