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Zimbabwe Olympic Committee to Fully Support Mighty Warriors' 2016 Rio Campaign


The Mighty Warriors beat Cameroon last Sunday to book a slot in the 2016 Olympic Games.

The Mighty Warriors beat Cameroon last Sunday to book a slot in the 2016 Olympic Games.

The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee has pledged its full support for the Mighty Warriors following their weekend qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

​Zimbabwe Olympic Committee secretary general, Anna Mguni, told VOA Studio 7 her organisation will soon start raising money to boost funding from the International Olympic Committee.

"We are proud of the Mighty Warriors and they will form part of Team Zimbabwe which will participate at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil next year. We traditionally get funding from the International Olympic Committee but we will start fund-raising efforts to complement their efforts," said Mguni.

She said other sporting disciplines will also join the national women's soccer team, which has brought a smile on the faces of many soccer lovers that have been faithfully supporting the squad.

The Mighty Warriors join South Africa's Banyana Banyana who also recently qualified for the games.

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has been largely blamed for failing national soccer teams in the past by not providing adequate funding for international matches.

ZIFA is reportedly facing financial challenges and has recently undergone a management shake-up that saw the president of the association resigning.

Many blame poor management for the mishaps at the association and are hailing the Mighty Warriors for qualifying despite these challenges.

Mguni said her organisation has nine months to prepare Team Zimbabwe, who include the Mighty Warriors.

"We will ensure that all preparations for Team Zimbabwe who include the Mighty Warriors are fully supported so that they can give their best performance at the world stage," said Mguni.

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