Young Warriors coach confident

Young Warriors coach confident
Published: 02 December 2018 (1346 Views)
NATIONAL Under-20 team coach, Bekithemba "Super" Ndlovu is confident his charges will put up a better showing at the Mopani Copper Mines Cosafa Youth Championships in Zambia to make it past the group stages.

The juniors' tournament kicks off today in Kitwe, but the Young Warriors are only in action tomorrow when they clash with Botswana in their opening fixture. Ndlovu said they had been focusing on their finishing as he believes they should not waste any chances they will create. He said last year they were blunt upfront, only scoring one goal but hopes the strikers would be more clinical this time around.

"We have been working on our finishing with emphasis on that we should score from every chance that we create. Last year we did not do well in front of goals but we hope the work that we have done will make us improve this year. We have not forgotten the defence because it is also critical but the main work was in the strike force," said Ndlovu.

He bemoaned the fact they spent the better part of their preparations on an artificial pitch at Zifa Village as the turf in Zambia is grass adding this might have a negative effect. Ndlovu said besides the turf issue, he was happy with the preparations.

"Obviously other teams are also working hard at training as we all want to win, we have done our bit but also believe we have to work hard when we get to Zambia. We cannot underestimate any of our opponents and I think all teams have an equal chance of clinching the trophy," he said.

Ndlovu revealed three players, Tinotenda Chiunye, Blessing Nyamuzihwa and Andrew Mbeba had suffered knocks during training but made the trip to Zambia. The Bulawayo City coach is deputised by Mark Mathe at the Young Warriors. Ndlovu decried the fact they only have one assignment a year saying it was negatively affecting the grooming of young talent. He said Zifa should seriously consider also entering the Young Warriors in the Caf Under-20 Nations Cup.

"I think we need to be more active as the Under-20 team rather than just playing at the Cosafa tournament only once a year.

"I don't know why Zifa doesn't enter other competitions, I think it would be more helpful if the team plays more tournaments if we are to play the crucial role of development," he said.

Final Zimbabwe Under-20 squad

Goalkeepers
Tinotenda Issah Ali (Yadah Stars)

Frank Kuchineyi (Herentals)

Defenders
Andrew Kabila Mbeba (Highlanders)

Munashe Peter Garananga (Ubuntu FC)

Emmanuel Jalayi (Aces Academy)

Brandon Mpofu (Ndlovu Iyanyathela)

Shadreck Panashe Nyahwa (Bulawayo Chiefs)

Midfielders
Devine Philmon Mhindiriri (Bulawayo City)

Takunda Macdonald Mukunga (Harare City)

Tatenda Tumba (Harare City)

Kelvin Ndebele (Caps United)

Tinotenda Ashabel Chiunye (Caps United)

Junior Blessing Nyamuzihwa (ZPC Kariba)

Tatenda Muringani (Dynamos)

Leonard Jani (FC Platinum)

Marvin Sibanda (Taft's Head Boys Varsity)

Strikers

Delic Alfornce Murimba (Triangle)

Blessing Tinotenda Sarupinda (Black Rhinos)

Clive Junior Rupiya (Chapungu)

Thabo Lunga (Highlanders)


- Sunday News

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Dumiso Dabengwa a dissident that never was

by Don Chigumba | 24 May 2019 | 30 Views

Twitter defends Welshman Ncube

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 May 2019 | 39 Views

Online bingo industry predictions

by Staff Writer | 24 May 2019 | 23 Views

Trevor Ncube angry at Colcom over pork pie

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 May 2019 | 36 Views

Dr Dabengwa an undisputed war of liberation hero

by Njabulo | 24 May 2019 | 25 Views

The other side of Rhodesia’s education system

by Rejoice Ngwenya | 24 May 2019 | 27 Views

Gukurahundi issue to be addressed internally, says Mohadi

by Staff Reporter | 24 May 2019 | 21 Views

Ex-MDC Youth leader warns Chamisa

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 May 2019 | 30 Views

Thokozani Khupe prepares for extraordinary Congress

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 May 2019 | 28 Views

Theresa May quits as UK prime minister

by Staff Reporter | 24 May 2019 | 123 Views

Dilemma of political emotions vs the Unity Accord of 1987

by D. Kamamba. | 24 May 2019 | 127 Views

Another Zimbabwean 'Beast' charms Sharks

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2019 | 108 Views

What Dabengwa said about Chiwenga and Perence Shiri

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 May 2019 | 196 Views

Chiwenga, Zimbabwe army to boot out Mnangagwa through 'operation restore economy'

by Itai Mushekwe/Mary-Kate Kahari | 24 May 2019 | 202 Views

Dedication to Cde Dabengwa

by Iphithule Thembani KaMaphosa | 24 May 2019 | 98 Views

Devolution confusion - marginalised communities lose out

by MakhoPrecious Moyo | 24 May 2019 | 91 Views

'Hello Congress delegates! May I deeply kiss your conscience?'

by Nhlanhla Moses | 24 May 2019 | 149 Views

Political Reforms can UNITE Zimbabwe

by Darlington Nyambiya And Farai Maguwu | 24 May 2019 | 96 Views

Zanu-PF and the football connection

by AT Kadada | 24 May 2019 | 92 Views

A candle blown off from Chinehasha Village in Chiweshe

by Thomas Murisa | 24 May 2019 | 73 Views

Mthwakazi National Party pay tribute to Dr Dumiso Dabengwa!

by Mthwakazi National Party | 24 May 2019 | 54 Views

Zimbabwe EFF CIC's profile

by Zim EFF | 24 May 2019 | 125 Views

'Mining sector to reap from liberalised inter-bank rates'

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2019 | 94 Views

Another 'Beast' charms Sharks

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2019 | 87 Views

Mnangagwa's 'Open for business' mantra collapses

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2019 | 90 Views

Mugabe's spooks boss bashed to death: Post-mortem

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2019 | 109 Views

Canada miner in talks to buy Zimbabwe gold project

by Bloomberg | 24 May 2019 | 87 Views

Populist policies can only suffocate Zupco more

by Faith Zaba | 24 May 2019 | 97 Views

Monetary policy unlikely to resuscitate Zimbabwe economy

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2019 | 93 Views

'No immediate end to load-shedding'

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2019 | 103 Views

Air Zimbabwe legacy debts spook investors

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2019 | 115 Views

'Gukurahundi' stifling healing process

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2019 | 94 Views

Air Zimbabwe stashes US$5m in UK

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2019 | 102 Views