By Lawrence Trusida
ZIMBABWE under 17 football national team has stepped up preparations for the Africa Union Sports Council Region Five games which get underway on December 13 in Lesotho.
The Young Warriors and the Young Mighty Warriors will be the first Zimbabwean teams to leave for the Region Five games, when they head for Maseru this Saturday, with the rest of the 229 member delegation leaving on the first of December.
Despite team selection challenges, head coach Tafadzwa Mashiri is satisfied with the talent at his disposal.
“We are happy with our preparations so far, it wasn’t easy to come up with this squad because of lack of activity but the provincial coaches helped us and we are good to go,” said Mashiri.
“We are going to Maseru to compete not just make up the numbers, good performances need to start at this level,” said Ransom Madzamba, Team Zimbabwe Spokesperson.
A total of 50, 25 boys and 25 girls are in camp with the teams set to be trimmed down to the travelling 18 this Wednesday after undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
Meanwhile, Team Zimbabwe’s management is content with the progress made so far.
“Everything is in order now, as you can see the football teams are in camp, also visually impaired athletes are also in camp while other disciplines will start their camps within the week since they will depart later,” said Madzamba.
A total of 189 athletes will represent the county at the regional youth games.