NEW ORLEANS are confident that they will cruise past Burrow Jets Queens in a $75 000 women’s football NetOne Charity Shield Knockout Tournament match to be played at Barbourfields Stadium “B” Arena tomorrow.
Coach Abed Mugadza yesterday said they would miss the services of midfielder Nokuthula Ndlovu, who is with the Mighty Warriors for the African Women Championship (AWC) qualifiers in Egypt.
“We have been going in the right direction. We started training soon after the festive season and our preparations have been going on well. We will have two training sessions, today (yesterday) and tomorrow before the Saturday match. We will definitely miss Nokuthula, but we will try and do without her. She has actually left a void, but we will work on that and hopefully we will have her in the next stage,” Mugadza said.
Club chairman Tichawanda Chikoho said Saturday’s encounter against Burrow Jets was not a difficult one.
“It is not going to be a tough match, maybe next week,” he said.
The winner between New Orleans and Burrow Jets will clash with Black Rhinos Queens in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Auckland Queens take on Conduit Academy at Jumbo Stadium in Mazowe tomorrow with the winner engaging Inline Academy in the other quarter-final.
Masvingo Queens and Tenax Queens belt it out at Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo, hoping to meet Mufakose Queens in the next stage.
In Harare, Flame Lily Queens lock horns with Aces Youth Soccer Academy at Rufaro Stadium with the victors aiming for Cyclone Stars.
Black Rhinos, Inline, Mufakose and Cyclone received a bye after ending in the top four in the 2012 league.
The tournament was launched in Harare on Tuesday and the quarter-finals have been slated for February 1 with semi-finals provisionally set for February 8, while the final has been scheduled for February 22.