Culled from Ricky Zililo
Zimbabawe coach Sithethelelwe Sibanda appeals for more competition for the Mighty Warriors to enhance overall development.
The Warriors lost 2-1 to the Banyana Banyana South Africa in the final of the Cosafa Women’s Championship played before a capacity crowd at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.
Conceding via counter just at the death dealt a hammer blow and exposed their frailties, effectively ending their dream of retaining the title they first won in 2011.
“At times this mental strength thing is not developed from nowhere, at times lack of international matches where you get used to such situations is very important.
“It’s an international match where real mental strength is needed.
“I’ll say in future, getting our players involved in (these) matches will develop their mental strength. We mustn’t just prepare for a specific tournament and disband only to regroup for the next tournament, we must keep these girls active.
“Getting international exposure will improve lots of things, including match fitness,” said Sibanda.
What the country needs now is a vibrant women’s league that will be visible from cluster to national level.
A clear system of identifying, nurturing and tracking talent is needed to develop players and ensure they can compete against the best on the continent.
The Cosafa Women’s Championship technical study group (TSG) noted that women’s football in the region had improved, with a sizable number of countries relying on team work more than individual talent.
Local coaches, Try Ncube and Thulani Sibanda were roped into the Cosafa Women’s Championship TSG led by Fifa and Caf instructors.
The duo was part of the TSG led by Fifa instructor and former Namibia national women’s team coach Jacqueline Chipanga and South African Caf instructor Zunaig Mall.