Zimbabwe Under 20 Boys coach Bekithemba Ndlovu is eyeing a positive outing at the 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships that get under way in Zambia on Wednesday.
Young Warriors, who are six time champions, are in Group C together with Angola, Lesotho and Namibia.
Speaking to the media before the team’s departure, Ndlovu said they have assembled the best squad that can stand in Zambia.
“For the days we have been working, we have managed to establish a good team which can stand in Zambia. We have been doing tactical work, they are adapting well to the philosophy and how we want them to play,” said Ndlovu.
“Going to the tournament, we are going to try to compete and reach the best stage. We are a developmental side, but we hope that inasmuch as we are trying to develop these players they will also do well.
“We are developing but we would want to win matches as well. I believe the chance is there for us to excel at the tournament.”
Ndlovu has woven in new talent with some experienced heads at this level and he says this blend should stand them in good stead.
“I think we have a balance of experience in the national team so the young and fresh players will have guidance from the players who have been getting game time and have so far done well in the league.”
Zimbabwe will play their opening game against Lesotho at the Nkana Stadium on Thursday before they clash with Angola at the same venue three days later.
They will face Namibia in their last group match at the Arthur Davies Stadium on December 11.
Meanwhile, Ndlovu named the Young Warriors squad for the tournament and several players from PSL teams were included- COSAFA