HARARE – The Zimbabwe national Under-20 team will take on Swaziland in their first of game of the Cosafa Championships this evening in Lesotho.
The Young Warriors, who last won the tournament in 2007, lock horns with Swaziland in Maseru in a Group D match that kicks off at 5pm.
Jairos Tapera and his charges will be hoping for a perfect start to the tournament by winning this encounter to boost their chances of reaching the knockout stages.
The other team in the group is Botswana, who already have three points after defeating Swaziland 2-0 on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s fixtures will be split between the capital Maseru and second host venue Mafeteng after which 13 of the 14 competing nations would have played their opening match, Mozambique the only side still waiting to take to the field.
The action gets underway at 2pm in Mafeteng when regional powerhouse South Africa take on island nation Seychelles in Group C.
Both have come with virtual new squads from the 2011 event and may be something of an unknown quantity.
Four-time winners South Africa are now led by veteran coach Shakes Mashaba, who has overseen a smooth build – up to the tournament.
The second match in that pool kicks off at the same venue at 4:30pm and features defending champions Zambia up against Namibia.
Young Chipolopolo have in fact won the last three editions of the competition and will be among the favourites again.
They come up against a Namibia side that is always competitive though and has the potential to spring a surprise.