Pasuwa rallies Young Warriors

HARARE - Zimbabwe Under-23 coach Calisto Pasuwa is pleased with his side’s preparations for Sunday’s showdown with Swaziland in the second leg of the 2015 Under-23 African Championships.

The Young Warriors are in danger of bowing out in the second round stage of the qualifiers after their first leg against Swaziland ended 0-0 at Rufaro Stadium last Sunday.

Zimbabwe now has an uphill task as they need to get at least a scoring draw or a win in Mbabane to reach the third round where South Africa are already waiting.

The build-up to the first leg was overshadowed by player withdrawals from the Young Warriors squad.

Dynamos recalled their two players, goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva and defender Blessing Moyo while CAPS United refused to release their goalkeeper Chris Mverechena.

Mamelodi Sundowns winger Kuda Mahachi was holed up in Bulawayo attending to his sick child while CAPS defender Ronald Pfumbidzayi had his trial stint extended in Belgium.

Some of the members of the Young Warriors side like goalkeeper Donovan Bernard and midfielder Carlson Rusero where with the Warriors in South Africa for the Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup.

In the end, the withdrawals and no shows disrupted Pasuwa’s game plan for the first leg as the Young Warriors struggled to break down a compact Swaziland side.   

This time around, the former Dynamos coach does not have any headaches with most of the players called up training with the team.

Pfumbidzai was expected to arrive in Harare last night while Pasuwa had given up hope of Mahachi joining with the squad.

“I think everything is now OK the boys are raring to go,” Pasuwa said yesterday.

“We are trying to maintain fitness levels of these boys as you know when you are going out you need to be fit enough.

“We need our players to be positive going into this match; we must go out there and have a result.

“For now, I am tired of talking about who is coming in and who is not, the players that I have are the ones who are going to represent the country.

“I have been talking about this for a long time but at the end of the day nothing is going to change, we need to work with what we have and stop talking about players who are not here.”

On the second leg, Pasuwa said: “Having played them on Sunday, we need to remain focused, we played 90 minutes and we still have 90 minutes to play, so we still have the chance and the game is open to everybody.

“The good thing is that they failed to get a goal here and we need to go there and breach their defence.”

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