Young Warriors face defining moment

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s Under-23 national team faces a defining moment this afternoon when they take on Swaziland in the second leg of the Africa Under-23 Championship in Mbabane.

The Young Warriors finally left Harare yesterday morning by air via Johannesburg before connecting to Swaziland by road.

Calisto Pasuwa’s men have a huge task on their hands as they played out a 0-0 draw with Swaziland in the first leg in Harare last weekend.

It will be a tough task to reach the third and final qualifying round where South Africa are already waiting.

The Young Warriors need to at least secure a scoring draw or an outright win to with the tie while a 0-0 score line leave the outcome to be decided by a penalty shootout.

However, Pasuwa is confident that his team will get a positive result today in Mbabane.

“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,” Pasuwa said earlier this week.

“The good thing is that they failed to get a goal here and we need to go there and breach their defence. I think everything is now OK the boys are raring to go.

“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.”

A total of eight teams will play in the final African Under-23 Championship tournament, to be hosted by Senegal in December.

The tournament will act as the qualification to the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Brazil.

Only the top three teams in Senegal will qualify for the Olympics.

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