Mandla ‘lulu’ Mpofu

Young Warriors primed for Indomitable Lions

Raymond Jaravaza
ZIMBABWE under-20 coach Mandla Mpofu believes teamwork and not individual performance will carry the day when the Young Warriors attempt a seemingly impossible feat of beating West African giants Cameroon in their own backyard in Yaounde on Sunday.

The Young Warriors failed to utilise home advantage when they drew 0-0 with Cameroon in the first leg of the 2017 African Under-20 Championships in Harare a fortnight ago and are going into the second leg needing nothing short of a victory.

a�?We need to play as a team both in attack and defense and with a bit of luck we will get a positive result. We have to give it our best because I know people want results and the boys understand the expectations the country has on them. Other teams such as the Mighty Warriors have gone to Cameroon, came back with a positive result and it was the same story with the Under-23s.A� Ia��ve been with this group since 2010 and I think wea��ve done well as a country and Ia��ve learnt a lot,a�? said Mpofu (ABOVE).

He took over from Jairos Tapera who has moved to South Africa to join National First Division (NFD) side Black Leopards.

Mpofu has worked with four players Lesley Lunga, Bukhosi Sibanda, Mathius Chodewa and new addition Denzel Khumalo at his former club Bantu Rovers.

Mpofu will be banking on, on fire Highlanders youngster Prince Dube for goals as well as unheralded player Munashe Kaseke, a youngster who has been described as a rough diamond and plays in Spain for Malaga.

The coach has retained the team which did duty in the previous match with only two changes in Khumalo and Learnmore Muyambo.

Travelling squad:
Nelson Chadya (Ngezi Platinum), Kelvin Shandiwa (Harare City), Lesley Lunga (Bantu Rovers), Bukhosi Ncube (Highlanders), Darryn Phiri (Triangle), Mathuis Chodewa (Bantu Rovers), Patrick Musaka (Friendly Academy), Bukhosi Sibanda (Bantu Rovers), Blessing Sibanda (Tsholotsho FC), Learnmore Muyambo (Harare City), Peace Makaha (Dynamos), Leeroy Mavunga (Yadah FC), Blessing Nyamuzihwa (CAPS United), Amos Ncube (Chicken Inn), Prince Dube (Highlanders), Obert Tofira (Friendly Academy), Munashe Kaseke (Malaga, Spain), Denzel Khumalo (Bantu Rovers)