Young Warriors prepare for COSAFA under-17 Championships

By Anashe Murombedzi

The Young Warriors technical department is excited at the prospect of representing the country at the COSAFA Under-17 Championships slated for Lesotho in December.

This comes after the local football mother body, ZIFA, finally heeded calls to focus on grassroots development after they allowed the Young Warriors to participate at the COSAFA Under -17 Championships which will run concurrently with the African Union Sports Council Region Five games slated for December in Lesotho.

Young Warriors Coach Tafadzwa Mashiri summed up the importance of participating at such tournaments as the country redirects energy to grassroots football development.

“Surely it is a good feeling to expose the youngsters once again they will get the much-needed international competitive exposure it’s a welcome development. I think it’s a good starting point starting with the participation of the tournament and see how it goes,” Mashiri said.

He added: “Grassroots and junior football is a way to go is the mini stay of football in any given country with Zimbabwe included and with well-structured junior leagues and competitions we are sure to go get the much-needed product, which is a well-developed national team and this will expose the players for the future. We must give the much-needed attention to junior football and make sure that these youngsters are well developed for the future of Zimbabwe football.”  

The players who are expected to come from various academies across the country will go into camp next month.

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