Ndlovu wants training camp

HARARE - Young Warriors coach Bhekithemba Ndlovu is hoping his team will go into camp soon to intensify preparations for next month’s Cosafa Under-20 Championships.

The Young Warriors are pooled in Group C together with Angola, Lesotho and Namibia.

The team is currently training in two batches with Ndlovu taking care of the players in Bulawayo while his assistants Mark Mathe and Mike Madzivanyika are working with those in Harare.

But Ndlovu yesterday insisted it was important for the youngsters to go into camp together for bonding purposes as well as working on their tactical and technical aspects as a group.

“If possible we would love to commence camp immediately.

“There are a lot of things that we need to cover and we need to be one unit. Players need to develop a strong bond before we leave for the tournament,” Ndlovu said.

“So we are just waiting to hear from the association on when we go into camp.”

Ndlovu, who also announced his provisional squad on Monday, is confident the charges will give a good account of themselves in Zambia.

“It’s a well-balanced squad of talented young boys, some of them with Premier Soccer League experience,” Ndlovu said.

“I think our chances are 50-50. You always go into a tournament to win not lose. So we are going there to compete.

“But not forgetting the ultimate goal of making sure these guys will go on and become future national team players.”

Ndlovu’s side will have to be at their best in Zambia because only the top teams from the three groups will qualify for the semi-finals together with the best-placed runners-up.

The Young Warriors get the ball rolling with a clash against Lesotho at the Nkana Stadium in Kitwe on December 7, with their next game coming two days later at the same venue against Angola.

Zimbabwe will round up their group assignments with a clash against Namibia at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.

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