According to Caf online, the draw which was conducted at Egyptian capital, Cairo, sees the Mighty Warriors also in the same group with the Twiga Stars of Tanzania, and group favourites the Black Princesses of Ghana.
Two teams from the group qualify for the semi finals of the continental version of the Olympic Games where they will play the top teams from Group A which features hosts Mozambique, Cameroon, Guinea, and Algeria. Nigeria’s Super Falcons, the winners of the past two editions of the All Africa Games have not qualified for the finals after being eliminated by Ghana.
Mighty Warriors assistant coach Nkululeko Dhlamini admitted this will not be an easy task considering the fact that they are in the same group with teams that have a proud record in African women’s football.Ghana have been African Women’s Championship runners up three times and were placed third three times. The Ghanaians finished third at the last All Africa Games in Algeria.
The same goes for South Africa’s Banyana Banya who have been African Championship runners up on three occasions, were placed third twice and fourth once. The Mighty Warriors though will take comfort in the fact that they beat the South Africans 1-0 in the final of the just ended Cosafa Women’s Championships.
Also not to be discounted are the Twiga Stars of Tanzania who came third in the Cosafa Championships after stretching the Mighty Warriors to penalty shootouts in the semi finals.
The Mighty Warriors will be leaving Harare on July 22 for Germany for a two week training stint that has been organized by Zifa’s director for development, Klause Pagels.
This year’s All Africa’s Games, the 10th edition of the quadrennial multi-sport event will be held in Maputo Mozambique from 3 to 18 September.