Cosafa U20 preps be­gin

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Reporter

THE Zim­babwe Un­der-20 Cosafa Cham­pi­onship squad troops into camp in Harare today as prepa­ra­tions for next month’s tour­na­ment be­gin in earnest.

The PPC bankrolled tour­na­ment, mak­ing a re­turn since 2013, will be held from De­cem­ber 7-16 at the Mog­wase and Moru­leng Sta­di­ums in South Africa.

Coach Mandla Mpofu last week called up a 38 mem­ber squad that will be trimmed down to 20 as camp dates progress.

The squad dom­i­nated by Harare City play­ers will be head­lined by High­landers’ young striker Prince Dube.

“The team will go into camp on today and stay there up un­til de­par­ture for the cham­pi­onships,” said Zifa com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Xolisani Gwe­sela.

Coaches Mpofu and his right hand man Big­gie Zuze will be ex­pected to have an ea­gle’s eye on the boys dur­ing camp and come up with a bal­anced and strong squad, ahead of de­par­ture, ten­ta­tively set for De­cem­ber 5.

Zim­babwe will be hop­ing to bring the cup home, hav­ing last won it in 2007, beat­ing hosts South Africa 3-0.

“We must be hav­ing 25 play­ers by Tues­day. The fi­nal list of 20 must be sub­mit­ted to the or­gan­is­ers on De­cem­ber 2,” said coach Mpofu.

Xolisani Gwe­sela

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