The Young Mighty warriors have a mammoth task ahead of them as they have to score at least four goals to the good against equally determined Nigerians. Their opponents are under pressure to reinvent themselves as an African football powerhouse following their senior woman team’s disappointing exit at the World Cup and the failure of the Super Eagles to make an appearance at Afcon 2012.
The Zimbabwean side, which is set to bank on their 12th man, the supporters, has also been boosted by the return of the Black Rhinos gunslinger Rufaro Machingura, who is making a return to the fold after missing out on two qualifiers serving a red card suspension.
Young Mighty Warriors mentor Langton Giwa remained optimistic that his charges would sail through.
He said his troops will be fighting fit come this afternoon and that the return of Machingura is just what the doctor ordered as they plot to gun down the Falconets.
“We have been working flat out to rectify the mistakes that let us down in Nigeria and as I speak the morale in the camp is high, the girls know what is at stake and they are rearing to go,” Giwa said.
“The return of Machingura is a shot in the arm as her services were greatly missed and I want to promise the nation that we can still qualify as nothing can stop us from scoring three goals on our backyard if they managed to do so themselves.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerians jetted into the country on Thursday but they have been playing hide and seek with the local media. Little has been said about their preparations.