Young Warriors in quandary


The national Under-23 officials were on Tuesday still in discussion with Dynamos over the availability of four players for the crucial All-Africa Games second round, first leg qualifier with Botswana on Friday.

Dynamos, who have lost three successive games which include two league matches, are pencilled to play FC Platinum this afternoon in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match.

The former champions intend to keep the players who are also key for Young Warriors coach Friday Phiri who is seeking his first appearance in the All-Africa Games finals.

Midfielders Timire Mamvura, Archford Gutu, Devon Chafa and Denver Mukamba are the four players from the Harare giants.

Team manager Wellington Mpandare confirmed to NewsDay Sport late Tuesday that they were in talks.
“Dynamos want their players for the league match tomorrow (today) and we also need them for national duty on Friday. As of now, I do not know if the players will go to Botswana as I am discussing with the Dynamos chairman,” said Mpandare.

He, however, said they were hoping to come up with a solution that will suit both parties.

The Young Warriors are scheduled to leave the country on Wednesday by road for Gaborone, Botswana.
The players who have made it to the team are FC Platinum midfielder Joel Ngodzo, Black Mambas’ Abbas Amidu, Russell Madamombe and United Kingdom-based Trevor Mutero.

Malvern Dumbura, Caps United scoring sensation Simba Sithole and Kiglon’s William Manondo made it into the final team.

Charles Mutero, Gunners and Under-23 skipper Qadr Amin, Obey Mwerahari, Victor Kamuka and FC Platinum’s defender Lincoln Zvasiya will do duty for the Young Warriors.

Arial Sibanda and George Chigova are the two goalkeepers in the team.

The nation’s hopes will be pinned on the Young Warriors getting a good result after they knocked Zambia out 4-3 on goal aggregate.

Botswana qualified for the All-Africa Games qualifiers after they drew 1-1 with Swaziland in the preliminary round.

The Zebras proceeded to the next round on a 2-1 aggregate. Football standards in Botswana have improved with their senior national soccer team having already qualified for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Sponsors, BeMobile, onTuesday signed a P24 million three-year sponsorship of the league with P100 000 reserved for each team for signing-on fees at the beginning of each season and P200 000 for title winners of their champions league a clear sign of confidence in the game and its administrators.

Zimbabwe will meet Angola or South Africa if they qualify for the next round.