BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
SPANISH side CF Joventut Almassora are hoping to bank on the international experience of Zimbabwe women’s football team captain Emmaculate Msipa in their bid to remain in the second-tier league after unveiling the Mighty Warriors star yesterday.
Msipa left the country for Spain last week to complete her move, which made her only the second female Zimbabwean player to be signed by a European club after teammate Rutendo Makore’s six-month stint at Sporting De Huelva in 2018.
The midfielder arrived in Spain on Thursday and underwent her medical on Friday before signing a one-year contract.
The 28-year-old Mighty Warriors and former Black Rhinos Queens striker was officially unveiled as an CF Joventut Almassora player, with the Spanish club revealing that they were hoping to tap from her experience as a Zimbabwe international player.
In a statement posted on Twitter, CF Joventut Almassora said: “Emmaculate Msipa arrives as reinforcement in the winter market. “The captain of the Zimbabwe national team joins CF Joventut Almassora with international experience.”
The Mighty Warriors star could make her debut today when Almassora travel to Spain’s south-eastern city of Murcia to play Alhama Club de Fútbol Femenino.
Almassora are currently in sixth position on the nine-team Segunda Division Pro log with 13 points from 12 games and trail log leaders Villareal, who have played a game more, by a massive 23 points.
Msipa’s move to Spain comes after an impressive season with champions Black Rhinos Queens in 2019 before the disruption of the 2020 campaign due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Msipa won the Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League Golden Boot before capping off the season on a high by winning the prestigious Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) Women’s Player of the Year Award in 2019.
The striker has been part of the Mighty Warriors since 2010, representing the country in several international competitions such as African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON), All Africa Games, and the Cosafa Women’s Championships.
However, the major highlight of her career was representing Zimbabwe at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she scored a famous goal against Australia.