Moment Of Truth For Young Mighty Warriors

The Zimbabweans trail the Nigerians 3-0 following the defeat in the first leg two weeks ago and need to win at least by four goals without reply.

History is also not on the Zimbabwean’s favour as no Zimbabwean national team has beaten a Nigerian national team since 1980 when Zimbabwe was admitted to international football.

Despite that coach Langton Giwa believes if the Nigerians could score three goals at home what can make Zimbabwe fail to score more in their own familiar home turf.

Giwa’s confidence is boosted by the return of bustling star striker Rufaro Machingura who was serving a two match suspension.

Machingura has transformed herself into Zimbabwe’s saviour in times of crisis and last year grabbed the all important goal that gave Zimbabwe the Cosafa Women’s Championship at the expense of South Africa’s Banyana Banyana.

Giwa has made it clear that he is going for an all out attacking game and will partner the bustling Machingura with another regular scorer Rutendo Makore with Rudo Neshamba tasked with providing the chances while operating from the right wing.

Giwa is otherwise retaining the rest of the squad that did duty in Nigeria but is unlikely to have it easy against the Falconets.

The Nigerians have never failed to qualify for the World Cup since the tournament was introduced in 2002 and are Africa top ranked women’s soccer team.

More importantly they carry that health 3-0 away lead which Warriors Fan Club Chairperson Tendai Zhakata believes can be overtaken.

The winner of the match between the Young Mighty Warriors and the Falcons will play either the Democratic Republic of Congo or Mali in the final qualifying match for the World Cup.