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ZIMBABWE’S Under-23 soccer team recovered from last month’s defeat to Botswana in an international friendly to hand Swaziland a 2-0 in an international friendly match played under floodlights at the Somhlolo National Stadium last night.
The Young Warriors never showed any respect to their more experienced opponents as Swaziland fielded their senior team. They raced into the lead with two quick second half goals in a space of two minutes.
Caps United and former Green Mamba midfielder Charles Mukanhairi, who came in as a substitute replacing Brian Muzvondiwa, opened the scorers’ chart with a simple tap in on 55 minutes after goalkeeper Nhlanhla Gwebu had failed to deal with a cross on the left.
A desperate clearance from the goal line by Swaziland defender fell for Mukanhairi, who slotted home.
Two minutes later, the Young Warriors were two goals up and it was
former Green Mamba coach Lloyd Mutasa’s son Wisdom who shrugged off a challenge from Sifiso Nkambule before slotting home to make it 2-0.
The Young Warriors who are using the friendly matches as part of their preparations for the Under-23 African Championships to be staged in DRC as well as the All-Africa Games will interestingly face Swaziland in both qualifiers.
The Young Warriors were under the guidance of assistant coaches Saul Chaminuka and Nation Dube after head coach Kalisto Pasuwa had stayed behind.