Young Warriors coach Bekithemba Ndlovu believes the clash against Zambia in today’s COSAFA U20 semi-finals will be a tough assignment for them.

Zimbabwe secured a place in the semi-finals of the tournament despite suffering a 4-1 defeat in their last group match on Sunday. Ndlovu made several changes to his team for that game, resting some key players for today’s semi-final.

“I think playing in the semi-finals is tougher than playing in the group stages because it’s a once off game. If you lose it, you are out. In the group stages you can lose and then win the next game (and) you will still be in,” Ndlovu said, according to The Herald.

“I think they (Zambia) are a good team. But we will plan around, and because we have seen them in action I think it’s another advantage may be for us. We will see what happens after the game on Tuesday, but they are a very strong side.”

Meanwhile, the organisers of the tournament have announced that the third and fourth play-off and the final that had been scheduled for Friday will be brought forward to Thursday due to a CAF Champions League match at the same venue.