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08/07/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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SOUTH Africa has named a strong squad to face Zimbabwe in the final qualifying round of the Under-23 African Championships to be held in Senegal.

Zimbabwe will host South Africa at Rufaro Stadium on June 19 for the right to play at the finals in Senegal.

However, Young Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa is still to name his quad for the crucial qualifier.

Some of Pasuwa’s players have gone for trials abroad and he is awaiting their return before he can pick his men to do duty against Zimbabwe's neighbours.

The Young Warriors gaffer, who also doubles up as the senior national team coach, has to do with only home based players who qualified for the All-Africa Games qualifiers as well as those that have been taking part in the African Under-23 Championships.

With most foreign leagues including South African clubs having already started their pre-season preparations, Pasuwa, just like his South African counterparts, will be without foreign based players as he faces his opponents.

He will bank on the players who were part of the squad that drew 2-2 against Swaziland to advance to the third and final qualifying round of the Under-23 African Championships where they will now meet neighbours South Africa.

Players who also took part in the 1-1 draw against Cameroon in Yaounde to seal a ticket to the All-Africa Games to be staged in Congo Brazzaville in September, will also be part of the squad to face South Africa.

However, Caps United left-back Ronald Pfumbidzai, who has joined Hobro Ik in Denmark, will now not play any role in the decisive qualifier.

Young Warriors players who have gone for trials in South Africa are Thomas Chideu (Highlanders), Wisdom Mutasa and Walter Musona (FC Platinum).

The winner of the South Africa/Zimbabwe two-legged encounter will qualify for the Eight Nations qualifying tournament which will serve as a final qualifier for the Rio Olympics.

The 8-nation tournament in Dakar, Senegal will be played from 28 November – 12 December 2015.


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