Fifty talented players selected from several provinces will converge at ZIFA Village on Thursday 7 July to compete for a place in a 30-member provisional squad ahead of the COSAFA Under_17 Championship in Mauritius later this month.
Coaches Tafadzwa Mashiri and Michael Madzivanyika will conduct the trials, with assistance from ZIFA Technical Director, Wilson Mutekede and senior team coach, Sunday Chidzambga.
Speaking to www.zifa.org.zw, Mutekede commended the coaches for their efforts in coming up with a group of players that is drawn from different parts of the country.
“To some extent, we can say this group of boys is representative of the talent we have in the country.
“Of course there are logistical issues with regards to our reach in remote areas but I am satisfied with the way they came up with this group.
I am confident that by the time the team shapes up, we will have a fairly competitive team, Mutekede said.
The Technical Director underscored that despite the evident progress made so far, there is need to continue to improve the manner in which junior teams are selected.
“The idea is to always do better than the previous time. We are hoping to cast the net even wider in upcoming tournaments because this tournament has been incorporated into AFCON qualifying criteria.
“We need to have the best possible team to represent the country, not just this group, but the future senior teams.
“If we get it right on these boys, we can also have hope of improving at all levels,” Mutekede added.
The tournament to be held in Mauritius for the third year running will run from 19 to 29 July..
In 2017, Zimbabwe were eliminated at the group stages after losing all three group matches.
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