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Young Warriors beef up squad


Young Warriors head coach Jairos Tapera has added four new faces to his team, with Dynamos striker Brian Chinhoyi and Blue Rangers forward Paul Nyikadzino getting call-ups, ahead of the second leg of the African Under-20 Youth Championship qualifier in Angola.

Darryn T midfielder Kelvin Bulaji and goalkeeper Kuda Magama from Chemhanza High School were also called into camp for the match set for this weekend.

Team manager Patrick Mutesva said Northern Region Division One side Power Masters defender Vincent Mbira, who missed the first leg after accumulating yellow cards in the previous matches against Botswana, is also back into the team.

The availability of Mbira will help strengthen the defence that appeared shaky in the first leg in which Angola danger man Mateus Domingos gave defender Tafadzwa Ngwena a tough time.

The Zimbabwe squad goes into the second leg needing to overturn the deficit after they were edged 1-0 by the Angolans at home, courtesy of a Domingos strike.

But the Young Warriors are confident of beating the Angolans in their own backyard. Mutesva said they were not going to Angola to merely fulfill the fixture.

“We still believe we can qualify. If they managed to win here, that has given us confidence that we can also still win there.

“We are not just going there to fulfill the fixture, but are confident of progressing to the next round,” he said.

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