Neshamba’s Mighty love

03 Jun, 2018 - 00:06 0 Views
Neshamba’s Mighty love

The Sunday Mail

Veronica Gwaze
RUDO NESHAMBA might no longer be part of the Mighty Warriors set up but the former gunslinger still has positive dreams for the Zimbabwe women’s national team.

The 26-year-old dreadlocked star has temporarily hung her boots as she recovers from a knee cartilage surgery she underwent in 2017 but she is optimistic Zimbabwe will prevail in her absence.

The Mighty Warriors play rivals Zambia in the first leg of the Africa Women Cup of Nations second round qualifier at the Nkoloma Stadium on June 6 before hosting the second leg at Rufaro four days later.

Winners of the tie will qualify for the 2018 Women Africa Cup of Nations finals set for Ghana in November.

“My heart is still with the Mighty Warriors. I have played for a number of local clubs but my best experiences were with the Mighty Warriors.

“Above all, football is a game that l am passionate about,” said Neshamba.

“I will not be part of the team as I have been on total rest, recovering from a knee surgery but I know the future is bright for them (Mighty Warriors) ahead of the game (against Zambia).”

Neshamba, who is now a mother, is currently going through a rehabilitation program meant to help her bounce back to action soon.

“With this rehabilitation program, l am hoping to make a comeback very soon be, it as a player or otherwise.

“I will do anything that can contribute to the betterment of female football in the nation because soccer is my passion and I will not and cannot just let go like that.”

Neshamba believes the Mighty Warriors’ fighting spirit should spur them on against Zambia, despite facing numerous challenges in the past.

“I know it’s not going to be easy considering the inadequate training time but I know they are going to make the experience count,” she said.

The former striker got another accolade last week when she scooped the 2018 Iconic African Woman in Football award.

It was an award that came in recognition of her outstanding achievement and performances on the field of play.

“I really appreciate the recognition for the work that I have done over the years but most of all I am delighted by the mere fact that the nation appreciates my efforts.

Neshamba said the award brought her memories of the 2008 Cosafa cup when she made her debut for Zimbabwe National team and the 2015 CAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament.

She scored three goals in the 2015 CAF Women’ s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, including two in the decisive win over Cameroon, sealing Zimbabwe’s shock qualification for the final tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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