HARARE – Young Warriors coach Jairos Tapera says he will not tinker with his side when they take on Cameroon at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Zimbabwe take on the West Africans in the first leg of their 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match with the return leg set for Yaoundé after two weeks.
Tapera’s charges finally began their preparations for a date with the West Africans at Gateway School yesterday with all the players called for duty reporting for training.
The former Shabanie Mine coach says while he has preferred to assess other players, limited time in camp has forced them to retain the bulk of players who did duty against Botswana in the first round.
The Young Warriors progressed to this stage after dismissing Botswana 2-1 on goal aggregate.
And after watching his team going through their paces yesterday, Tapera insists he will not be tinkering with tactical formations as he faces a tough assignment against Cameroon.
“All the players that we have wanted reported for camp and trained today (yesterday),” Tapera told the Daily News after the team’s training session yesterday.
“We have wanted to assess other players to increase depth and competition but unfortunately we do not have enough time to look at them. So we will stick with those who did duty against Botswana.
“We have wanted more time with these players. Remember not all of them are playing at their respective clubs. So it was important to have them for a longer period and work on their fitness and tactics among other things.
“In terms of preparations I think we are living dangerously because we only have two days of preparing. In football it’s difficult to prepare under such conditions.”
Tapera said his side will throw everything at their opponents to ensure they carry a healthy lead to Cameroon for the return leg in two weeks’ time.
“We want to win. We will do all we can to ensure we get maximum points against Cameroon on Sunday,” he said.
“The emphasis will be to attack them so that we can get goals before we travel there for the return leg. We also need to be careful and prevent them from scoring.”
Harare City striker Tanaka Ruzvidzo has since been ruled out with an injury.