Young Warriors open Youth Games

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Under-20 football team will be aiming to set the tone for Team Zimbabwe when they play Mozambique in the opening game of the African Union Sports Commission (AUSC) Region V Youth Games today.

The match kicks off at 2pm at Barbourfields Stadium and will be followed by the Young Mighty Warriors’ encounter against Namibia at 4.30pm

The football tournament is being organized by the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa).

The matches in the men’s competition will be played over 10 days with 19 games being played. The competing sides are split into two pools for the first round action.

Group A features hosts Zimbabwe as top seeds, followed by Mozambique, Swaziland, Angola and Malawi in what is likely to be a hotly contested pool.

The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals.

In the other section, defending champions South Africa have been pooled with Zambia, Lesotho Namibia.

South Africa will be looking to retain the title they won in Zambia in 2012 when the side, led by current Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba, defeated their hosts 2-1 in the finals.

They will again be among the leading contenders, along with the always competitive Zambians, Zimbabwe and Angola.

At the same time there will be a four-team women’s competition that will be played in a round-robin format, with Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia playing one another.

Zambia is the defending champions in that category.

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