THE national U-17 team left the country by road for Mozambique ahead of the second leg of the Africa Youth Championships set for Saturday. Team manager Richard Mutasa expressed confidence ahead of their long trip to Maputo and believes they will fight for a result. 'We have left for the second leg of the match and we
look forward to bring results. The team was chosen from a large pool and I think they are the best we have," said Mutasa.
"The players are looking forward to the match we still have a chance and we will give the host a good run.
"Our preparations went on well and we played Zambia in two friendly matches which saw us have good combinations.
"The matches against Zambia strengthened us and we expect to improve from our last outing," Mutasa added.
Mutasa also emphasised that they now have the correct age for the players as they do not condone age cheating.
"We don't believe in age cheating and several of our players have gone for MRI testing.
"I believe we have the right age as far as the players are concerned as they all went for the bone tests.
"They are a good crop and the support they have from the coaches is very high," he said.
The team left Harare via Mutare around midday by road with coach Lloyd Chigowe retaining the bulk of the side that featured in the disappointing 2-2 home draw at Gwanzura.
Tatenda Mkuruwa, Bret Amidu, Kelvin Bingava, Michael Chihowa, Denzel Chimwemwe, Mathius Chodeva, Livingstone Genti, Tino Kadevere, Cleopas Kapupurika, Shawn Kwaramba, Ali Machingura, Nigel Makumbe, Carlos Mavhurume, Tatenda Manditi, Marshall Munetsi, Stanley Ngava, Vialla Tadzoka, Keith Mutandagari.