The Herald (Harare)

19 September 2012

Zimbabwe/Mozambique: Young Warriors Leave for Maputo

THE Young Warriors are expected to leave for Maputo this morning where they are scheduled to face Mozambique in the first round, second leg of the Under-17 African Youth Championships on Saturday. Lloyd Chigowe's boys were held to a 2-2 draw by Mozambique in the first leg at Gwanzura and they need to register an outright victory in Maputo if they entertain any hopes of progressing to the next round.

The match will be played at Liga Muculmana Ground, the same venue used by Dynamos against Mozambican champions Liga Muculmana in their Champions League match.

The Young Warriors played two international friendly matches against Zambia last week in which they drew one (1-1) and lost the other one (0-2).

Chigowe, together with his assistants Agent Sawu and Gift Kagogoda, have returned the bulk of players who did duty in the first leg.

Young Warriors team manager, Richard Mutasa, confirmed that the team will be leaving this morning and he remains optimistic of the teams' chances of progressing to the next round.

"We are leaving tomorrow (today) in the morning by road," said Mutasa.

"Chances are 50-50 - we are not yet out of the tournament and we need to go there to try and score goals so that we can win the game.

"I think everyone is prepared and looking forward to the game in Maputo. The friendly matches we played against Zambia enabled the team to work on their loopholes and we are expecting a better performance from the last one when we drew at Gwanzura," added Mutasa.

Morocco will host the 10th edition of the Youth Championships next year with the winner between Zimbabwe and Mozambique play Congo Brazzaville in the second round of the qualifiers.

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