5 Byo girls in U20 na­tional team

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sports - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

THE Bu­l­awayo prov­ince girls’ foot­ball team has con­trib­uted five play­ers to the Un­der-20 na­tional team to play in the African Union Sports Coun­cil Re­gion Five Games in An­gola in De­cem­ber.

The prov­ince scooped gold in the just ended 2016 edi­tion of the Na­tional Youth Games held in Chin­hoyi.

Mashona­land Cen­tral were sec­ond fol­lowed by Mashona­land West, Mid­lands, Masvingo and Man­i­ca­land.

Priv­iledge Mu­peti, Sitha­bile Dlodlo, Nothabo Nk­abinde, Peace­more Kennedy and an­other un­named player were called up to the na­tional Un­der-20 squad.

“I am happy that as a prov­ince we man­aged to con­trib­ute five play­ers to the na­tional squad. We hope that our girls will rep­re­sent Bu­l­awayo in a good way and that they will mar­ket them­selves,” said Bu­l­awayo coach Boga Nde­bele.

Nde­bele said he was happy with the girls’ per­for­mance at the Na­tional Youth Games and at­trib­uted their vic­tory to good prepa­ra­tion. “Our road was suc­cess­ful from the prepa­ra­tion stage. “We knew what was ex­pected at the tour­na­ment and main­tained the same team that played in the past two years.

“We also knew what to ex­pect from our op­po­si­tion and play­ers had devel­oped men­tal strength and ma­tu­rity.

“We built on that and fo­cused on the tac­ti­cal as­pect since our league had just kicked off. So in terms of phys­i­cal fit­ness the play­ers were high up.”

Nde­bele said the girls were nervous at first, but later gained con­fi­dence by play­ing a more de­fen­sive game whereby they sat back and in­vited their op­po­nents to attack them.

Bu­l­awayo prov­ince played five other prov­inces in a round robin for­mat and topped the group with 13 points with­out con­ced­ing a goal.

In their first match, Bu­l­awayo beat Man­i­ca­land 2-0, drew 0-0 with Mid­lands in the sec­ond match and won their third match 1-0 against Masvingo — @khumza­llen

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