Alexander Chirume, Sports Reporter
YOUNG Warriors star Peace Makaha believes his inclusion in the Under 23 squad will open his path to the senior team.
The Manica Diamonds defender is part of Tonderai Ndiraya’s 27-man squad ahead of their back-to-back Under 23 AFCON qualifiers against Mozambique on March 22 and 24.
Makaha looks forward to use the opportunity to break into the senior national team having featured for Under 20 side before.
“I am very happy and grateful to be part of the Under 23 squad at this stage in my career.
“Obviously every player hopes to play for the national team and l have played for other age groups before so I am honoured to be selected.
“I hope I don’t end here but do my best to play for the senior team soon,” he said.
Coach Tonderai Ndiraya said he hopes to create a base for the senior team by selecting players who possess the potential to graduate to the Warriors team.
By qualifying for the under 23 AFCON finals, the Young Warriors will have a chance play at the Olympics if they do well.
Ndiraya said he hopes to guide the Young Warriors to the Olympics where he agonizingly failed to go as a player.
Former Dynamos man Makaha said Mozambique is the priority as he targets qualification.
“Going for the Olympics is a huge motivation but we have to start well against Mozambique and make sure we qualify and unlock those options.
“Everyone selected know the job a hand so I hope to do my best and do what the coaches tell me, I hope we do well,” he added.
Makaha recently joined PSL new boys Manica Diamond after leaving Dynamos.
The youngster believes he has settled well at his new base said he will fight for his place with the national team.
“The move to Manica has been good for me; I have enjoyed my few moments so far and can’t wait for the season to begin.
“I will do my best and hope to get a place in the team against Mozambique,” he said.