ZIMBABWE’s senior women’s team will once again engage in another Cosafa Women’s Championship glory hunt amid revelations that the eight-team tournament will be held from 3 to 14 November in South Africa.
In that regard, the contest will become the first women’s internationals staged on the African continent since the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted global the football calendars.
Last year, the Felistas Muzongondi and Mavis Chirandu-inspired Mighty Warriors wrapped up a third-place finish after getting the better of Botswana on a 3-0 score line at the Wolfson Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay.
It was the first time that Zimbabwe claimed the bronze medal in the competition, having won gold and two silvers in the past.
Under the guidance of Sithethelelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda and Rosemary Mugadza, who are both former national team players, Zimbabwe will take on hosts South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Comoros Islands, Malawi, East African guest nation Tanzania and Zambia.
Cosafa also reportedly intends to stage its Women’s Under-17 Championship concurrently with the senior competition from five to 13 November, providing some much-needed international competition in this crucial age-group.
“It is a welcome return to national team competition for the sides, who have endured a frustrating 2020, but with light at the end of the tunnel, the future looks a lot brighter,” said Cosafa in a statement.
The draws for both championships are scheduled for 20 October and will be streamed live on Cosafa.TV.
South Africa have won the last three championships, and six out of seven in all, with only Zimbabwe breaking their run on home soil in 2011.
Banyana Banyana gaffer Desiree Ellis led her side to a1-0 victory over Zambia in last year’s final, just months after they appeared at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.