After a master-stroke performance by the Mighty Warriors that culminated in a 4-0 hammering of Kenya in the COSAFA semi-finals, their former coach, Shadreck Mlauzi, has been impressed by the tactics used by the girls to undo their tricky opponents.
By Carlo Chikomba
Former Mighty Warriors coach, Shadreck Mlauzi has hailed Zimbabwe’s tactics during their 4-0 win over Kenya in the COSAFA Tournament semi-final match played in Bulawayo on Thursday.
Going into the match, the Kenyans had been running rampant after having accumulated an impressive tally of 17 goals in the tournament but their attacking threat was nullified by a ruthless and tactically proficient Mighty Warriors.
And former coach Mlauzi was full of praise for the Zimbabwean ladies’ tactical awareness.
“Zimbabwe’s pressing game, coupled with Kenya’s poor defensive shape against a highly charged Zimbabwe handed Zimbabwe victory in a one sided semi-final with Kenya barely threatening and subdued by tactics,”said Mlauzi.
“So out of sorts were Kenya that one would have thought the form book had been forged…17 goals leading to group matches only to be completely outplayed.”
Mlauzi, said the Mighty Warriors swift transitioning between formations as well as intelligent play in rotating and retaining the ball was key to overcoming a Kenyan side that had been largely impressive throughout their COSAFA tournament campaign.
“In a 4-1-4-1 transitioning into a 4-3-3, Eunice and Privilege swapped flanks and played as inverted wingers on left hand side of Zimbabwe’ attack. Kenya base formation was 4-4-2 (so much gaps between defensive lines) but often played out of shape due to Zimbabwe’s intelligent ball rotation and retention.
“Against Zimbabwe’s block defending, Kenya pedestrian passing game did not trouble us (Zimbabwe) at all, their pace was cancelled by the intense pressing game Zimbabwe employed,” he added.
The Mighty Warriors will be hoping that they can reproduce the same tactical brilliance when they take on South Africa in the COSAFA Cup final on Sunday as they aim to emulate their male counterparts in the competition by winning the title.