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Zimbabwe's Under-17 Soccer Squad Faces Amajimbos In Gauteng

Zimbabwe’s under-17 Young Warriors say they feel confident of victory over South Africa’s Amajimbos in the African Youth Championships second round at Katlehong Stadium in Gauteng, South Africa, on Saturday.

Young Warriors coach Rodwell Dhlakama named a squad of 17 players Monday and the team leaves for South Africa Thursday after a two weeks of local friendly matches.

Despite Dhlakama's confidence, the Amajimbos squad is looking strong having beaten Botswana 9-1 on aggregate in first round matches in September and December.

This is the first leg, second round tie; Zimbabwe faced Reunion in the same round of qualifiers. After drawing 1-1 at home, the two teams also drew 1-1 in the second leg, forcing them into a penalty shoot-out that Zimbabwe clinched 4-2.

The African Youth Championship finals will be played in Togo next March.

Reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye asked Young Warriors coach Dhlakama why he is so optimistic about his team's prospects against Amajimbos.

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