Young Warriors to face Bots, Swaziland


ZIMBABWE will play Botswana and Swaziland in the group stages of the Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championships to be held in Lesotho from December 3-14, following a draw conducted in Maseru, Lesotho, yesterday.


The Young Warriors are coached by Jairos Tapera, also the senior national team assistant coach.

The Cosafa Under-20 Championship has taken on many guises in its 25-year history, but over the years has become a significant breeding ground for young talent in the region.

From a South African perspective, the likes of Itumeleng Khune, Lerato Chabangu, Daine Klate, Elrio van Heerden and Lebohang Mokoena have all represented their country at this level and gone on to forge successful club and international careers.

Other stars such as Clifford Mulenga and Isaac Chansa (both Zambia), Tinashe Nengomasha and Onismor Bhasera (both Zimbabwe), as well as Jimmy Zakazaka (Malawi), have used the tournament to convince PSL clubs that they have a bright future in the game.

Group A – Lesotho, Kenya, Comoros Islands, Mauritius
Group B – Angola, Mozambique, Madagascar
Group C – Zambia, South Africa, Namibia, Seychelles
Group D — Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland