HARARE – Zimbabwe Under-17 football coach Lloyd Chigowe has called on his charges to be worthy ambassadors for their country when they lineup against neighbouring Mozambique in an African Youth Championship qualifier on Saturday.
The first leg of the qualifier will be played at Gwanzura Stadium in Harare, with the return leg scheduled for two weeks later in Maputo.
Chigowe, who is assisted by former Warriors striker Agent Sawu, said the country will be represented by the best following a whirlwind countrywide selection exercise for the best possible crop of players in that particular age group.
“Most if not all the players are novices,” Chigowe said.
“They will be playing in their first high profile international match. We are just telling the boys to step up because they are representing a nation of more than 12 million people.
“They are lucky to have been selected from a pool of talented players countrywide and come Saturday, they should prove their worth.”
A 30-man squad is currently in camp at Zifa Village in Mount Hampden.
Zimbabwe has previously qualified for the African Youth Championships in 1997, 1999, 2005 and 2009.
The winner between Zimbabwe and Mozambique will face Congo Brazzaville in the second round of qualifiers.
Brett Amidu, Kelvin Bingala, Takunda Boka, Michael Chihowa, Tapiwa Chilenga, Tatenda Chimwemwe, Mathias Chodeva, Livingstone Genti, Tinotenda Kadewere, Cleopas Kapupurika, Shawn Kwaramba, Ali Machingura, Nigel Makumbe, Emmanuel Mandiranga, Carlos Mavhurume, Marshal Mkuruva, Brandon Mpala, Arnold Mpofu, David Mubayiwa, Tatenda Munditi, Marshall Munetsi, Learnmore Muyambo, Audience Munzabwa, Mthokozisi Ndlovu, Stanley Ngala, James Nguluve, Washington Parira, Kelvin Sibanda, Ishmael Sundire, Vialla Tadzokwa, Andrew Tandi.