Zim Under-17 eye comfortable lead

HARARE - Zimbabwe Under-17 football coach Lloyd Chigowe says despite having very little knowledge of Mozambique, his charges are hugely motivated ahead of the African Youth Championship first leg qualifier at the weekend.

Chigowe and his assistant, former Warriors striker Agent Sawu, have targeted a healthy lead at Gwanzura Stadium on Saturday ahead of the second leg in Maputo.

“Obviously at home we need to score, we need to get a positive result to cushion ourselves when we travel to Mozambique in two weeks’ time,” Chigowe said.

“It’s unfortunate that we may not know a lot about Mozambique youth teams, but just like us, they are also building a team. We just have a general idea of how they play, but we are not banking on their weaknesses to succeed, we are banking on our strengths,” he said.

A 30-member squad is currently camping at Zifa Village. The team will be trimmed to 18 on Thursday.

The Young Warriors have previously qualified for the African Youth Championships in 1997, 1999, 2005 and 2009.

The winner between Zimbabwe and Mozambique will face Congo Brazzaville in the second round of the qualifiers.

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