Zimbabwe Young Warriors captain Blessing Nyamuzihwa has expressed confidence that they can snatch a win against Botswana in the second leg of the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations football qualifier to be played in Lobatse tomorrow. BY THANDIWE MOYO
Young warriors captain Wisdom Mutasa (C) celebrates his goal against Cameroon as fellow players join in at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
The Young Warriors go into the match trailing by one goal after they lost to Botswana 1-0 in the first leg at Barbourfields Stadium two weeks ago.
“We want to do better than we did in the first round. The guys know what they have to do to get a positive result,” Nyamuzihwa said.
Nyamuzihwa, who plays for Bantu Rovers, said the loss to Botswana had motivated them to work hard.
“I am not saying it was good that we lost, but that setback has given us motivation to work hard and with luck, we can get the result that we are aiming for. We know we need to move a gear up for us to achieve our goal,” he said.
He added they were not worried much about the time they were given to prepare for the match and they would adjust accordingly.
The Young Warriors only had two days to train before they departed for Botswana.
“We are football people and we know what we have to do to adjust despite the fact that we only had two days to prepare,” Nyamuzihwa said.
Coach Jairos Tapera selected 18 players who travelled to Botswana for the return leg.
He dropped some of the players who featured in the first leg and included Kelvin Bingala of FC Platinum, Derwin Phiri from Triangle, Dexter Mawere of Harare City, Trust Maseko of Mosi oa Tunya High School and Ngezi Platinum’s Nelson Chadya.
Jerry Chipangura, Kelvin Bingala, Blessing Nyamuzihwa, Amos Ncube, Blessing Sibanda, Derwin Phiri, Dexter Mawere, Bravie Sibanda, Trust Maseko, Nelson Chadya, Bukhosi Sibanda, Bukhosi Ncube, Thembalethu Mthunzi, Thomas Kadyaridzire, Leslie Lunga, Thulani Nxusani, Issa Ali, Kelvin Shangiwa