A Zimbabwe Under-17 team will again lock horns with Morocco in the final of the African Nations Cup UK at the New Riverside Stadium, White Harn Lane in London on Saturday.
The same teams played last year with Zimbabwe coming out tops after winning a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw. The Zim UK team actually played a team from Morocco that had travelled to another tournament and came through via the UK as a stopover before going back to Morocco.
The Zim-UK Under 17 team is coached by West Brom Under 13 coach, Kennedy “Czech Master” Chihuri while Martin Chirimuuta former ZRP Tomlinson and Kennedy Chizhanje are the assistants. Chamu Musanhu recently resigned from the post of coach due to family commitments.
Trevor Mazhande is the Team Manager while Kenny Musanya, a UEFA B qualified coach, is the assistant coach/medic. Thomas Thomic is the Administrator while former Blackpool and Kaizer Chiefs striker Liberty Masunda is the chairman of Team Zimbabwe who run the team.
“We are currently the defending champions after entering the tournament for the first time. Last year we beat Morocco, who are our opponents again this year,” Masunda told Nehanda Radio.
He praised the parents of the children for chipping in financially telling us; “we have managed to book our under 17s in a 4 star Holiday Inn in London. Last year Flexi Coventry and Green-Shoot made it possible for both seniors and under 17s to camp in a 4 star Holiday Inn in Kent.
“We also managed to hire a Luxury Bus to take our youngsters to and from the grounds for the finals. As Team Zimbabwe Chairman and a former Zimbabwe international I urge all Zim diasporas to come and support our kids, they are the future of Zim football,” Masunda told Nehanda Radio.