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Young Warriors target goal harvest


The Young Warriors are targeting a goal harvest when they date Angola in the Under-20 African Youth Championships second round, first leg tie at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

Assistant coach George Madira said they would take advantage of playing at home and employ an attacking formation.

He said they needed to win at home at all costs to lessen the burden in the return leg.

“Our aim is to attack and try to score as many goals as we can. We have some exciting youngsters who can do the nation proud. They have been working hard at training and we should expect a good game on Sunday,” said Madira.

The Young Warriors, under the guidance of Jairos Tapera, have some experienced players including skipper Willard Kalongoda who turns out for Premier Soccer League side Harare City.

Aces Youth Academy midfielder Walter Musona and Highlanders’ Knox Mtizwa are some of the players expected to give Angola a tough time.

But Madira was concerned with the fitness of Gunners midfielder Farai Madondo and goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga. “They have not been training after picking up minor knocks but are now back at training,” said Madira.

The Young Warriors assistant coach said they had retained a 23-member squad in line with the new rules which now allow teams to have five more players in addition to the 18. This new rule means teams can now have up to 12 substitutes on the bench instead of seven.

“We have retained all the 23 players that we had in camp in line with the new rules,’ said Madira.

The Young Warriors played a number of friendly matches in preparation for this match. They also made a trip to Kariba where they played ZPC Kariba as the technical team tried various combinations.

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