Thursday Dec 07, 2017. 08:30
Zimbabwe will be eager to get their 2017 U20 COSAFA Cup campaign off to a winning start when they take on Lesotho in a Group C clash at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe on Thursday.
The Young Warriors have won the Southern African showpiece on six previous occasions, but haven't lifted the title since beating South Africa 3-0 in the final of the 2007 competition.
Zimbabwe head coach Bekithemba Ndlovu, though, is confident the country can break their drought.
"For the days we have been working, we have managed to establish a good team which can stand in Zambia," Ndlovu told the Herald. "We have been doing tactical work, the players are adapting well to the philosophy and how we want them to play.
"Going to the tournament, we are going to try to compete and reach the best stage. We are a developmental side, but we hope that inasmuch as we are trying to develop these players they will also do well.
"We are developing but we would want to win matches as well. I believe the chance is there for us to excel at the tournament," Ndlovu concluded.
Zimbabwe and Lesotho are joined in a group by Angola and Namibia.