Young Warriors get easy route to 2016 Olympics

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THE Zimbabwe national Under-23’s road to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil has been cleared after Senegal who were in the qualifying route with Zimbabwe were given rights to host the African Under-23 Championship.
Initial hosts Democratic Republic of Congo have been disqualified after relinquishing the mandate to host the tournament to focus on next year’s Presidential elections.
Senegal were standing in Zimbabwe’s path in the third final qualifying round had the Young Warriors beaten Swaziland and South Africa in the first and second rounds respectively.
The Under-23 African Championships will be played in December with the top three teams from that tournament automatically qualifying for next year’s Olympic Games to be held in Brazil.
CAF competitions deputy director Khaled Nassar confirmed Senegal’s withdrawal.
“Following the withdrawal of DR Congo from the organisation of the tournament which is now organised by Senegal, Senegal is not participating in the qualifiers.
“Now that Senegal is not playing the qualifiers, the winner of Zimbabwe/Swaziland vs South Africa will qualify directly to the final tournament [according to CAF Executive Committee decision],” said Nassar.
The Young Warriors will now begin the qualifiers at the second round against Swaziland on 22 May with the winner meeting South Africa in the final round of qualification.
The Young Warriors who are under the guidance of Kalisto Pasuwa have already qualified for the All-Africa Games to be held in Congo Brazaville in September.Advertisement