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Under-20 face Young Zebras next Friday


The Young Warriors’ African Youth Championships reverse fixture against the Young Zebras of Botswana will be played next Friday at the University of Botswana Stadium.

The Young Warriors will carry a handsome 4-0 lead into the match after their comfortable win in the first leg at Barbourfields Stadium last week.
Caf has set dates for the reverse fixture as from 04-06 May and Botswana yesterday wrote to Zifa informing them that they have selected the 4th as the match day.

Zifa competitions manager Mabhande Mabhande yesterday confirmed receiving the letter.

This has left the Young Warriors with only four days to prepare for the match before they leave for Botswana.

The team is expected to leave for Gaborone on Tuesday. Mabhande said the team should get into camp today.

“There are some few papers we are still to sort out, on whether they will camp in Harare or Bulawayo. We will get a clear picture by the end of day today (yesterday) but they are likely to camp in Bulawayo,” said Mabhande.

Young Warriors assistant coach George Madira said they will stick to the team that played in the first match.

“We were much satisfied with the performance of the team. The team played well, keeping possession against a Botswana team who had come here to defend. We will not change the team or call any new faces unless those players are exceptionally good. What we need now is to keep the boys focussed. We have to treat the match as if we are playing the first game,” said Madira, who doubles up as Gunners head coach.

Munyaradzi Chiwara scored a brace, Edmore Tsoro and Knox Mtizwa scored a goal each to give the Young Warriors a healthy lead.

If Zimbabwe can repeat the same feat on Friday, they will face Angola in July in the second round of the competition.

The second round winner will progress to the third and final round of the qualifiers whose finals will be staged in Algeria early next year.

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