The Zimbabwe Under 20 women’s team has begun preparations for their back to back World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia set for this month.
A 25 member squad Young Mighty Warriors which trooped into camp at the ZIFA Village in Mt Hampden on February 25 is going through intense training under the watchful eye of coach Rosemary Mugadza.
The team faces a litmus test when they clash against a strong Ethiopian side on the March 22, in Addis Ababa, Mugadza and her technical team are working on the physiological and mental aspects of the game to ensure the girls get a good result.
“We know Ethiopia is a very good side when it comes to ball possession and stuff but we have since told ourselves that we will remain working hard to ensure we grind a good result in Addis. We are currently putting much focus on the endurance and other physical aspects of the players to make sure they are fit for the two-legged World Cup qualifier,” said Mugadza.
The Young Mighty Warriors beat Malawi 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-0 victory at Barbourfields Stadium on the 1st of February to progress to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers.
The Zimbabwe under 20 women’s side will host Ethiopia on March 27 in the reverse fixture.
The FIFA Women’s Under-20 World Cup will be held in Costa Rica and Panama in August.