Mighty Warriors look to complete Eswatini job

Sport Zimbabwe


Tadious Manyepo

Mighty Warriors coach Sithethelelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda is confident her charges will see off Eswatini but has warned them to expect a tough challenge.

The two clash in the second-leg of the first round of the African Women Cup of Nations qualifiers in Manzini this Tuesday.

Aggregate winners will face-off against either Botswana or Angola in a two-legged final round of the
qualifiers.

Zimbabwe are carrying what looks like a healthy lead having beaten Eswatini 3-1 in the reverse tie played at the National Sports Stadium last week.

Marjory Nyaumwe, Privilege Mupeti and Emmaculate Msipa scored for the home side while Eswatini got their consolation from Lesego Mokgale.

But Sibanda reckons Tuesday’s match will be a different test and urged her team to brace up for a big task.

“Our opponents Eswatini got an away goal, mind you and that is obviously giving them a lot of confidence,” said Sibanda.

“We won the reverse fixture but they scored and obviously you know what it means. They will come at us in full force, attacking and we should be equal to the task.

“We know what we should do but we should prepare ourselves for a tough, tough challenge.

“We are playing away from home and it is always difficult. Eswatini have improved a lot and they will be gunning to overturn the 3-1 deficit and it could be bruising.

“But, this is our best chance to qualify for the AWCON. Nomatter how tough the game will be, obviously we will have to go out there and try to win the game, not just to progress to the next round but also to go there with our confidence high up.”

Eswatini coach Dumisani Makhanya has since promised his country that he will be able to beat Zimbabwe and qualify to the next stage.