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Young Warriors in tricky Cosafa Under 20 draw


New Young Warriors Taurai Mangwiro gets his first international assignment in December when Zimbabwe takes part in the Metropolitan Cosafa Under 20 championships in Botswana.

The tournament will take place outside South Africa for the first time in its history, running from December 3-12 in the Botswana capital, Gaborone.

The draw for the competition took place on Friday with the Young Warriors in a tricky four-nation Group A with the hosts Botswana, Swaziland and Malawi.

This is the only group with four teams.

In Group B, South Africa will face Lesotho and Namibia while in Group C, Zambia has Mauritius and Angola with Group D including Madagascar, Mozambique and Seychelles.

South Africa was one of the four seeded countries for the tournament draw along with defending champions Zambia, Madagascar and hosts Botswana.

All but one of the Cosafa region’s 14 members will take part this year with only Comoros Islands not confirming their participation in this traditional end-of-year tournament.

There is no doubt all eyes will be on the hosts as their football has improved of late from the Under 20 to the Under 23 and senior team, and Lesotho who booted South Africa out of the African Youth Championships this year.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe midfielder Willard Katsande remains on the sidelines at South African Premiership Soccer League side Ajax Cape Town after his work permit application was caught up in a massive backlog at the South African Home Office.

Katsande became the third Zimbabwean player to join Ajax in August after Tafadzwa Rusike and Khama Billiat.

But while his compatriots are already established names in the Ajax first steam, the former Gunners man has had to content with reserve team appearances so far this season.

Ajax technical department however cannot wait to utilise the services of the talented 24-year-old in the league proper.

“Katsande has been featuring in the reserve league since he joined us in August and he has impressed immensely.

We have converted him into a holding midfielder because he has such an impressive range of passing.

“From what we have seen so far, I have no doubt he will be a success in South African football,” Ajax assistant coach and former Warriors striker Wilfred Mugeyi told on Thursday.

Katsande played as an attacking midfielder for reining Zimbabwe league champions Gunners, where he caught the eye with his close control, skill and vision.

He was working on breaking into the Warriors set up before he was shipped to the lucrative South African league.

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