The young Mighty Warriors’ preparations for the Under-20 World Cup qualifiers got off a bad start after they were humbled 4-0 by their South African counterparts in a friendly match played at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton on Saturday.
Zimbabwe host Mozambique in the first round of the qualifiers in a fortnight and the Langton Giwa-coached side will travel to Maputo for the reverse fixture two weeks later.
In the event the Young Mighty Warriors clear the Mozambique hurdle, they will, like their senior side, face continental giants Nigeria in the next round.
Speaking to NewsDay Sport from South Africa yesterday, Giwa said he had noted a lot the grey areas in the team that need to be worked on before the Mozambique encounter.
He said he would also call players from the Mighty Warriors side who are still eligible to play for the junior side.
“We couldn’t match South Africa on speed because they are fitter than us. Our central defence and the midfielders were very slow on the ball. Our movement on and off the ball was also poor. We need to work on those areas. The team was not that poor, though. We matched them in the first half and they scored a single goal, but we collapsed in the second half because the girls were tired. Remember we were playing against a team that has been in camp for over a month and we had trained for just two days. We still have two weeks to prepare for the match, the girls will be ready by then,” said Giwa.