5 March 2019
TONDERAI Ndiraya believes the lack of action for the national Under 23 team will be an advantage when they face Mozambique on March 22.
The Young Warriors coach said the fact that the team was out of action for years makes them a surprise package for their opponents.
The former Dynamos and Ngezi Platinum coach said he hopes his players adapt to playing for the national team with some having represented the lower age groups.
“The team was inactive for about five years and that obviously means that all the players will be playing for the U23 for the first time.
“We however have some who have represented the country at various age groups and it should be easy for them to play for their country.
“We know little about the opponent after their two games against Swaziland and that information is what we will be using for our preparations. More excitingly is that the opponent knows nothing about us,” he said.
With the PSL yet to begin, the selection of players might be affected by lack of game time for many of the players and the preparations.
“You can never have enough time to prepare at this level of the game unless if it’s tournament.
“We are however disadvantaged by the preseason our local league is in, and also given the fact that our opponent has played two games in these qualifiers.
“We are not worried about that and we will prepare in the best way possible in the remaining days to get a good result for the nation and ultimately progress to the next round,” Ndiraya said.
Foreign based players like Kundai Benyu, Admiral Muskwe, Enrique Ndlovu, Tinashe Chakware, Reward Mwakona, Douglas Nyaupembe, Farai Mutatu, Faith Patrick, Shama Bako, Bilson Phillip, Martin Mapisa and Vashiko Dickson might be selected to play a part in the two legged qualifier.
Ndiraya believes a larger pool of players will make the team stronger.
“I am excited because we have a mixture of local players from PSL and those plying their trade abroad.
“We looked at those playing at the highest level first locally and a few playing in lower leagues,” he added.