Zim National U17 girls team in Botswana for World Cup Qualifier

THE ZIMBABWE National Under-17 girls team is in Botswana to play the hosts in the first leg of a FIFA U17 World Cup qualifier on 10 January.
The match kicks off at 6 pm at the National Stadium in Gaborone.
Coach Garthly Chipuka and his technical team selected 19 players for the assignment.
Praynence Zvawanda is among the players to watch. She performed well at the first edition of the COSAFA Women’s Championship in 2019 where she was crowned player of the match once.
The return leg will be played at Barbourfields stadium on 26 January.
However, all has not been smooth sailing during preparations, as some players struggled to get travel documents, forcing the squad to delay its departure for Botswana.
The girls who have been in camp at Eveline High School, Bulawayo, for the past two weeks only travelled to Botswana by road on Thursday and were delayed at the border as some of the players are understood without affidavits despite being minors. The team only arrived at 6am on Friday leaving them little to rest and acclimatise before the match.

The Zimbabwe Natinal Under 17 Squad is made up of:
Goalkeepers
Tariro Chirume, Thandiwe Msipa
Defenders
Nokukhanya Ndlovu, Aaliyah Utumbe, Emaculate Zulu, Martia Nyanhete
Midfielders
Lucia Chisvo, Priscilla Marikosi, Tinotenda Taurai, Nosipho Dube, Morelife Nyagumbo, Deon Gonya, Sisa Ndebele, Tatenda Mazhetese
Strikers
Thando Sibanda, Praynence Zvawanda, Melody Chikore, Lebhukai Dongo, Beverly Nyandoro
Head Coach
Garthly Chipuka
Assistant Coach
Ennie Konje
This is the first Under-17 team to compete in a Fifa women’s competition and the coaches are confident and promised to go to Botswana and compete.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe National Under-20 girls are also set to go into camp at the Zifa Village to prepare for their World Cup qualifier against Malawi.