Bruce Chikuni

Sports Reporter

YOUNG Warriors forward, Denzel Mapuwa, has been reflecting on his brace, which was overshadowed by the team’s 2-3 defeat to Malawi in their opening fixture of the youth tournament, which got underway in Lilongwe on Wednesday.

His brace limited the damage for the national Under-20 side.

The Greenfuel man has been displaying his killer instincts in the Castle Lager Premiership.

Last season, he scored four times and provided eight assists, to save his side from relegation.

He even missed out on the league’s Most Promising Player gong after finishing just a vote behind Dynamos’ Elton Chikona.

Mapuwa also made a statement when he came from the bench to score a stunning free-kick in their 2-1 win over Bulawayo Chiefs in the opening match of the 2024 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season.

The Legends Academy graduate is backing his teammates to down Kenya in their last assignment in the round-robin competition this afternoon.

“I have always wanted to play for the Young Warriors and I was extremely excited to record a brace in my first match for the country.

“It’s unfortunate that we failed to win the game after creating some good chances but I’m confident that we have what it takes to make the nation proud against Kenya.

“This is just beyond my imagination and our coach (Simon Marange) has been reminding us the significance of maintaining our cool, regardless of the results,” said Mapuwa.

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