Under-20 Champs: Brighter future for Warriors

In terms of talent, the future of Zimbabwean football looks bright. That is if the Young Warriors’ showing at the ongoing Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championships in Lesotho is anything to go by.

Carlos Rusere celebrates his goal against Botswana at Mafeteng Stadium, Lesotho.
Carlos Rusere celebrates his goal against Botswana at Mafeteng Stadium, Lesotho.

We only need proper administration and adequate sponsorship to ensure sustainability and improvement to the brilliance at our disposal. Having begun their account with a 2-1 win over Swaziland, the Young Warriors made light work of their second Group D rivals, Botswana, dispatching the Young Zebras with a 3-0 drubbing that saw the Zimbabweans rise to the summit of the log.

Goals from Carlos Rusere, Liberty Chakoroma and Walter Musona sealed the comfortable win for the Young Warriors. A cross-over game against Group B member, Mozambique, stood ahead of the next round, but Jairos Tapera’s boys have already proven that they have what it takes to represent the nation in bigger tournaments in the future. All they need is the morale, financial and material support from the administrators, sponsors and fans alike.

The Cosafa Cup has proven before that most of the Zimbabwean stars that shine there have seldom disappointed. Players like Tapuwa Kapini, Honour Gombami, Knowledge Musona, Ovidy Karuru and Khama Billiat being some of those that went on to become big products of the competition. They have all represented at senior national team level and have won lucrative contracts outside Zimbabwe.

In that regard, future stars are already in the making from the current Under-20 contingent and these include players like Rusere, Chakoroma, Tafadzwa Kutinyu and the highly-talented Musona.

With a pro-development coach like Ian Gorowa at the helm of the senior national team and with the African Nations Championships just around the corner, the future can only be brighter for Zimbabwe – if Zifa play their part by keeping these players together and highly motivated.

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