Zifa Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze revealed that they are going to stage a testimonial match in honour of former Mighty Warriors captain now coach of the side Rosemary Mugadza as well as former national team striker Nomsa ‘Boyz’ Moyo and defender Sithetheliwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda
If that happens, the three will become the first ever Zimbabwean footballers to have a match staged in their honour since the country was admitted to international football in 1980.
Although Zifa are now involved in the organisation of the Benjani Mwaruwari testimonial set for next weekend, that was the player’s initiative before Zifa got involved.
Mashingaidze said they are going to look at the national team engagements and see where there is an opening to fit in the match in which all the proceeds will go to the three players.
The Mighty Warriors have a game against Nigeria’s Super Falcons next weekend while the men’s team have three engagements starting on June 3 when they play Guinea in a World Cup qualifier. They will then travel to Mozambique the next weekend before completing their June assignments with a Nations Cup qualifier against Burundi on June 17.
Mugadza was captain of the team that qualified for the 2004 Africa Women’s Championships in South Africa where Zimbabwe did the unexpected by beating the hosts in the group stages.
She has since retired and has taken over as coach of the Mighty Warriors leading them to the Cosafa women’s championship title on home soil last year and is hoping to lead them team to the 2012 Africa Championships though she has a mountain to climb as they are facing eight time Africa champions Nigeria.
Moyo and Sibanda also played at the Africa championship Zimbabwe has only qualified in 2004 and played for the Mighty Warriors for a long time.
Sibanda is also the coach of the Zimbabwe Under 20 women’s team, the Young Mighty Warriors.
Mashingaidze said it was important to recognise contributions made in football especially women for it helps to change the perception that women should not be involved in sport.