Coach Mpofu to lead Young Warriors

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Railstars coach Mandla Mpofu will take charge of the Under-20 Young Warriors at the Cosafa Super Cup football tournament in South Africa in the absence of Taurai Mangwiro.

The Cosafa Super Cup will run from April 20-25.
Mangwiro left the country on April 1 for Germany.

He will be attached to the Sportschule Hennef Sports Centre for a three-week-long coaching course facilitated by the German Football Association.

Eddie Chivero, the manager of the Young Warriors, yesterday confirmed that Mpofu would take charge of the team in the invitational competition in Cape Town.

“Mandla (Mpofu) takes over as coach of the team since he is the assistant. Mangwiro is away in Germany for a coaching course and will only be back on 23 April when the competition is underway in South Africa,” Chivero said.

The Under-19 Young Warriors go into camp on April 13 in Harare to prepare for the tournament.

Meanwhile, England-based winger Trevor Mutero, who jetted into the country on Monday ahead of preparations for the Zone X1 All-Africa Games qualifier against Botswana, will join the Under-20 side that will take part in the Cosafa Super Cup tournament.

Mutero is plying his trade in England for the Reading reserve side.

Chivero said the winger would join camp after the game against Botswana this Saturday.

“We have included Mutero in the list of our players. He will join camp soon after finishing his assignment against Botswana,” he said.

Chivero said the presence of the 18-year-old Mutero would inspire other youngsters in the team.

“It will be a morale booster to have Mutero in the team. He plays for a big club in England and his presence will motivate the players,” he said.

Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia and Swaziland will take part in the tournament.

Squad: Edwin Nkomo, Kelvin Moyo, Nqobizitha Masuku, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Marvelous Nakamba (all Bantu Rovers), Abel Gwatidzo, Tichaona Mabvura, Nigel Gandare (all Dynamos), Charles Mukanhaire, Emmanuel Makunda, Callistus Keche (all Kiglon), Morris Kadzola (Chicken Inn), Munyaradzi Muchenje (Sao Paulo), Amos Mahoso (Sparrows), Philani Mlotshwa (FC Platinum), Proud Zireni (Quelaton), Willard Kalongonda, Tonderai Mateyanga (both DC Academy), Kennedy Chirwa (Hunters), Pride Zivengwa (Hardbody), Farai Madova (Gunners), Tafadzwa Nyanhete (WWS), Paul Nyikadzino (Black Mambas), Marion Chang, Edmore Chirambadare (Zimalloys)