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Ndlovu targets Cosafa Cup

 Young Warriors coach Bekithemba Ndlovu said they were looking at assembling a team that can go and compete at this year’s Cosafa Under-20 championships scheduled for December in Zambia.

OUR HEROES . . . The Young Warriors, led by skipper Wisdom Mutasa, celebrate their priceless goal in the first leg of their All-Africa Games showdown against Cameroon’s Olympic Lions at Rufaro three weeks ago
File Picture: The Young Warriors, led by skipper Wisdom Mutasa, celebrate their priceless goal in the first leg of their All-Africa Games showdown against Cameroon’s Olympic Lions at Rufaro

Ndlovu, who was roped in to lead the Young Warriors following the elevation of Mandla Mpofu to assist Norman Mapeza on interim basis at the senior national team, will begin the selection process starting next Monday until Wednesday.

The former Highlanders defender will conduct the trials in Bulawayo while his assistants Mike Madzivanyika and Mark Mathe have been tasked to conduct a similar programme in Harare.

“We are looking at those who are U20 and play in the Premiership or in Division One,” Ndlovu, who is an assistant coach to Kelvin Kaindu at Premiership side How Mine, told the Daily News.

“We would have wanted to go around the country to widen our selection base but unfortunately time is no longer on our side and we need to move with time.

“So I will conduct the trials in Bulawayo and my assistants, who are in Harare will assist me from that side. In as much as this is a developmental side, we are looking at assembling a strong team that can go and compete.

“We don’t want to go there to add numbers. It’s good to develop and also winning at the same time so that these youngsters can develop with that culture.”

The Cosafa Under-20 Championships are set for Kitwe, Zambia from December 6 to 16. Daily News