Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter
Young Warriors AFCON qualifiers encounter with South Africa have been moved to 2 and 10 September.
The dates for the 3rd round was initially set for 3-11 June, the home & away ties between Zimbabwe and South Africa will now be played between 2 and10 September 2019.
Young Warriors coach Tonderai Ndiraya says the postponement of the games will also help his players that were eligible to sort out their documentation.
“We had assembled a good squad of local and foreign based players and were looking forward to the resumption of camp next week.
“There are some foreign based players we had overlooked because of documentation and the postponement will give those players enough time to sort out their paperwork,” he said.
Players like Leeroy Mavunga are also part of the senior team and if he is part of Sunday Chidzambwa’s plan that would have meant he wasn’t available for the Young Warriors.
“Some of our key players were involved with the senior team in the past and could be involved in the preparations for the AFCON tournament.
“It was going to be difficult for them to be considered and the postponement has given them an opportunity to be considered and prepare without any hindrances,” he said.
According to Zimbabwe Football Association press release they said the move was to give both teams ample time to prepare.
“This will give MAs time to prepare for both the A teams AFCON and the U23,” read the statement.
Warriors kick-started their campaign away to Mozambique on March 22 in Maputo which drew 0-0.
They played the second leg on March 26 at the National Sports Stadium which they won 2-0 courtesy of Obriel Chirinda and Delic Murimba.
The win saw Young Warriors coach Tonderai Ndiraya’s men advanced to the last round of the Under-23 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The eight team Nations Cup will be hosted by Egypt in November.