Five U-20 play­ers dropped

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

THE Zim­babwe Un­der-20 tech­ni­cal bench has dropped five play­ers from the on-go­ing Cosafa Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onships camp in Harare while two were left out fol­low­ing a club ver­sus coun­try feud and a re­quest for an­other na­tional as­sign­ment re­spec­tively.

South Africa based Pa­trick Musaka, who plies his trade for Black Leop­ards was de­nied clear­ance by the South African side who said the Cosafa Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onships were not on the Fifa cal­en­dar and there­fore they were not com­pelled to re­lease him. Bantu Rovers’ Den­zel Khu­malo could also not make it fol­low­ing a re­quest by the Zim­babwe coach for the African Union Sports Coun­cil Re­gion Five Un­der-20 Games’ foot­ball team.

“The An­gola bound guys feel the boy will be in­stru­men­tal in their squad and they made a re­quest that they use him and we agreed,” said the Young War­riors gaffer Mandla ‘Lulu’ Mpofu.

Of the five play­ers dropped, Yadah FC’s Leeroy Mavunga never re­ported for camp and the coaches had no op­tion but to leave him out. “On Sun­day we re­leased Kuzi­vak­washe Mad­ina from Catholic Saints, Raynold Mate from FC Plat­inum, Fred­er­ick Muza from Mutare City and Brighton Mhungu from Friendly Acad­emy,” said Mpofu.

The for­mer Rail­stars, Chicken Inn and Bantu Rovers gaffer said morale in camp was high and the boys were show­ing hunger for suc­cess.

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