Young Warriors take on Botswana in must win clash

HARARE - A depleted Zimbabwe Under-23 national soccer team will try to knock out Botswana when the two teams clash in a do-or-die Zone VI All-Africa Games first round, second leg qualifier at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon. (Archieford Gutu)

The Young Warriors, who will be missing the Dynamos duo of Archieford Gutu and Denver Mukamba who were shown red cards in the first leg, go into the match carrying an advantage of scoring two away goals following their 2-all stalemate with the Young Zebras in Botswana two weeks back.

CAPS United striker Simba Sithole and Mukamba scored a goal each for the Young Warriors in Gaborone. The Young Warriors, who regrouped for the crucial tie on Thursday, are also likely to be without South African-based striker Mathew Rusike amid reports that his club Jomo Cosmos is reluctant to release him for national duty. Rusike had been expected to fill in for the suspended Mukamba.

Young Warriors team manager Wellington Mpandare said the technical team would have to do with the playing personnel available. “What this means is that we will have to field players available. But we are all confident that those who will fill in for the players who are absent will represent the country with distinction and pride. Our aim is to knock them out because we have an advantage after scoring two away goals. Now the challenge is to avoid them scoring at our home ground,” said Mpandare.

Friday Phiri and his assistant Darlington Dodo will, however, have to juggle the team around the likes of reliable goalkeeper Aerial Sibanda, Obey Mwerahari, Simba Sithole, Qadr Amini, Lloyd Zvasiya, Timire Mamvura, Devon Chafa, Charles Mutero, Johannes Ngodzo and Marlvern Dumburu.

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