Young Warriors coach Tonderai Ndiraya has put his faith in developmental players in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for his squad for the Under-20 COSAFA Championships scheduled for December.
Ndiraya has bemoaned the fitness levels of his players, and this has made him draw his squad mainly from the PSL where each club has five slots for Under-20 teams.
Dynamos left-back Tinotenda Muringani and Cranborne Bullets’ Tadiwa Chibunyu are some of the PSL developmental players called up for duty.
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Ndiraya, who is also an assistant to Warriors head coach Zdravko Logarusic and the Dynamos gaffer, revealed that he will also rope in some of the players who went to Mauritius for the Under-17 COSAFA tournament. He said:
We will also bring in some of the players who went to Mauritius for the Under-17 Cosafa tournament. But, with only about 10 days left before the tournament, we will have to do a crash programme to achieve a reasonable fitness level. We don’t have much time.
The annual regional tournament is set to be staged in South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Bay from December 3-13 where 11 teams will take part.
If the Young Warriors reach the final of the tournament, they will be guaranteed of a place at the 2021 CAF Africa Cup of Nations finals scheduled for Mauritania.