Zimbawe Women's coach wants more international matches

Zimbawe Women's coach wants more international matches
Sithethelelwe Sibanda, coach of Zimbabwe during the 2017 COSAFA Women's Championship Semifinal football match between Kenya and Zimbabwe at Barbourfields Stadium, Bulawayo on 21 September 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 11:30

Zimbabwean women's national team coach, Sithethelelwe Sibanda has called on the Zimbabwean Football Association to give her team more games.

The Mighty Warriors coach was speaking after their 2017 COSAFA Cup final loss to South Africa on penalties at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Sibanda took the reins from coach Shadreck Mlauzi and says playing in the local league is not enough for the players in the national team.

“Mental strength is developed from somewhere. These matches are not like any other match like playing for a club locally,” she said to the News Day website.

“It is an international match, where a lot of mental strength is required.

“I would say, in future, getting our players involved in international matches would develop their mental strength and not just to prepare specifically for the tournament only and then from there we regroup again for the next tournament.

“Just keeping the players active and getting that international exposure will improve a lot of things, match fitness and stuff like that.”

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