Young War­riors coach Ndlovu con­fi­dent

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NA­TIONAL Un­der-20 team coach, Bekithemba “Su­per” Ndlovu is con­fi­dent his charges will put up a bet­ter show­ing at the Mopani Cop­per Mines Cosafa Youth Cham­pi­onships in Zam­bia to make it past the group stages.

The ju­niors’ tour­na­ment kicks off to­day in Kitwe, but the Young War­riors are only in ac­tion to­mor­row when they clash with Botswana in their open­ing fix­ture. Ndlovu said they had been fo­cus­ing on their fin­ish­ing as he be­lieves they should not waste any chances they will cre­ate. He said last year they were blunt up­front, only scor­ing one goal but hopes the strik­ers would be more clin­i­cal this time around.

“We have been work­ing on our fin­ish­ing with em­pha­sis on that we should score from ev­ery chance that we cre­ate. Last year we did not do well in front of goals but we hope the work that we have done will make us im­prove this year. We have not for­got­ten the de­fence be­cause it is also crit­i­cal but the main work was in the strike force,” said Ndlovu.

He be­moaned the fact they spent the bet­ter part of their prepa­ra­tions on an ar­ti­fi­cial pitch at Zifa Vil­lage as the turf in Zam­bia is grass adding this mightt have a neg­a­tive ef­fect. Ndlovu said be­sides the turf is­sue, he was happy with the prepa­ra­tions.ations.

“Ob­vi­ously other team­seams are also work­ing hard at train­ing as wee all want to win, we have done our bit butt also be­lieve we have to work hard when we get to Zam­bia. We can­not un­der­es­ti­mate any of our op­po­nents and I think all teams have an equal chance of clinch­ing the tro­phy,” he said.

Ndlovu re­vealed three­ree play­ers, Tino­tenda Chi­unye, Bless­ing Nya­muz­i­h­waa­muz­i­hwa and An­drew Mbeba had suf­fered knocks dur­ing train­ing but made the trip to Zam­bia. The Bu­l­awayo City coach is deputisedd by Mark Mathe at the Young War­riors. Ndlovuvu de­cried the fact they only have one as­sign­mentent a year say­ing it was neg­a­tively af­fect­ing thehe groom­ing of young tal­ent. He said Zifa shoul­dould se­ri­ously con­sider also en­ter­ing the Youngng War­riors in the Caf Un­der-20 Na­tions Cup.p.

“I think we need to be more ac­tive as the Un­der-20 team rather than just play­ing at the Cosafa tour­na­ment only once a year.

“I don’t know why Zifa doesn’t en­ter other com­pe­ti­tions, I think it would be more help­ful if the team plays more tour­na­ments if we are to play the cru­cial role of devel­op­ment,” he said.

Bekithemba “Su­per” Ndlovu

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