By Don Makanyanga
Harare, November 12, 2016 – ZIMBABWE senior women’s national football team coach Shadreck Mlauzi has conceded that time was running out for the Mighty Warriors ahead of the Africa Women Championship tournament set for Cameroon later this month.
Mlauzi conceded that the Mighty Warriors were lagging behind in preparations for the championships as compared to their counterparts.
The Africa Women Championship Tournaments is an equivalent of the men’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
In an interview after watching his side losing three nil to neighbours South Africa in an international friendly at the National Sports Stadium of Thursday afternoon, the Mighty Warriors gaffer said that time was no longer on their side ahead of the championships.
“Time is no longer on our side and a lot still needs to be done in the remaining few days,” Mlauzi said.
The soft spoken coach said there is need for a crush program to prepare the ladies for the biggest women’s football tournament on the continent, insisting that the friendly match against Banyana Banyana was what the Mighty Warriors would have wanted ahead of the tournament.
“These are the conditions that we would have wanted to work under hence will try in the remaining few days to do integrated sessions like fitness as well as tactical and technical aspects,” he said.
The Mighty Warriors gaffer added that he had used the friendly match against South Africa to try new combinations before he went on to warn the South Africans not to read much into the international friendly ahead of their meeting in the African Women Championships set for Yaoundé on November 19.
“The match gave us an opportunity to try new combinations and also we had to fuse the players thus the experienced players and the inexperienced as we are trying new combinations and you could see that tactically we were not there.
“They should not read much into the game, if they think they have read our game today (Thursday), they have to think again because we have to work on our shortfalls in the friendly match and we will definitely up our game when we meet,” said Mlauzi.
The Mighty Warriors’ preparations ahead of the tournament have been marred by poor planning with the local football mother body, Zifa, found wanting in assisting the ladies’ preparations.
Zimbabwe is in Group A of the championships alongside with the continents heavyweights Cameroon, South Africa and Egypt.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Warriors’ preparations for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations go a gear up with the national soccer side set to clash with Tanzania in a International friendly set for the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.