Sithethelelwe Sibanda has named an 18-member Mighty Warriors squad for the AWCN first round qualifier against Namibia on 5 April.

The squad is dominated by experienced players who have been playing together for a long time.

The returning trio of Emmaculate Msipa, Mavis Chirandu and Felistas Muzongondi all made the team, having missed the previous major tournament due to work commitments.

Rutendo Makore has to pass a late fitness test on 2 April if she is to take part in the back to back qualifiers, having suffered an ankle injury which saw her missing Sporting Club Huelva’s Liga Feminina victory on 1 April.

Maudy Mafuruse returns for contention to lead the line following her six-month trial stint in Iceland in 2017. She will be competing for a place upfront with Susan Nyama, Vimbai Mharadzi and Erina Jeke.

At the back, the only fairly new name is Edline Mutumbami, among mainstays – Nobuhle Majika, Sheila Makoto, Nobukhosi Ncube and Lynett Mutokuto.

The return leg will be played at Rufaro Stadium on 8 April.

Mighty Warriors Squad

Goalkeepers
Chido Dzingirai (Correctional Queens), Manyara Mandara (Mwenezana Queens)

Defenders
Nobuhle Majika (Inline Academy), Nobukhosi Ncube (New Orleans Queens), Sheila Makoto (Blue Swallows Queens), Lynett Mutokuto (Black Rhinos Queens), Edline Mutumbami (Blue Swallows Queens),

Midfielders
Talent Mandaza © (Black Rhinos Queens), Daisy Kaitano (Black Rhinos Queens), Marjory Nyaumwe (Correctional Queens), Emmaculate Msipa (Black Rhinos Queens), Mavis Chirandu (Black Rhinos Queens). Felistas Muzongondi (Black Rhinos Queens), Berita Kabwe (Correctional Queens)

Strikers
Maudy Mafuruse (Faith Drive Queens), Susan Nyama (Herentals Queens), Erina Jeke (Correctional Queens), Vimbai Mharadzi (Blue Swallows Queens)

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