Trevor Mutero in Young Warriors Cosafa squad

13 Nov, 2011 - 22:11 0 Views

The Herald

Young Warriors go into camp for the 2011 Metropolitan Cosafa Championships in Gaborone, Botswana.
The tournament is scheduled from December 1 to December 10 with the Young Warriors looking to travel to Gaborone on November 30.
Mutero, who is expected to fly in from London on Wednesday or Thursday, is one of 10 strikers in the 30-man squad who will be vying for places in the side that will do duty in Botswana.

The promising young striker recently left English Championship side Reading and has been training with QPR and Sheffield Wednesday.
Mutero is eyeing a move to the South African Premiership and that country’s top sides like Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town are likely to send their scouts to Botswana to watch him in action during the Cosafa tournament.

Mutero made cameo appearances for the national Under-23 side during their failed All-Africa Games qualifying campaign with Friday Phiri’s men mostly relying on Mamelodi Sundowns striker Simba Sithole, Joel Ngodzo, Denver Mukamba, Abbas Amidu and Mathew Rusike to spearhead the attack.

But with the likes of Sithole, Amidu and Mukamba ineligible for Under-20 duty now, Mutero could seize the opportunity to lead the Young Warriors as they attempt to wrestle the Cosafa title from northern neighbours Zambia.

Zambia coach Keegan Mumba has already revealed that he is looking forward to plotting the defence of his country’s title at the 20 Youth Championships in Botswana from December 1-10.
The Young Chipolopolo are the defending champions after they beat Namibia in last year’s final and, although Mumba was not in charge of that side as he was with an Under-19 team at the Zone VI Youth Games in Swaziland, the former Dynamos coach told that he followed the tournament closely and is hungry for more success.

But Mangwiro, equally eager for Cosafa glory has also cast his net wider and included a number of promising young players like midfielder Munyaradzi Muchenje, Marvellous Makamba, Pride Zivengwa and Tatenda Dzumbunu from such Division One sides like Northern Region teams Highfield United and La Liga, Hardybody who play in the Central Region and Southern Regions’ Bantu Rover and

Quelaton who were recently promoted in to the Premiership.

But before his charges go into camp, Mangwiro was scheduled to leave Harare yesterday to attend a course for all the coaches of the participating teams which will run in Botswana from November 13 to November 19.
That means the Monomotapa coach will also miss his Premiership side’s last two games of the season in which the 2008 champions need to win at least one of them to guarantee their survival.

National Under-20 team for Cosafa
Metropolitan Championships

Chang Marion (CAPS United), Tonderai Mateyaungwa (DC Academy), Seeba Maponga (Kiglon).
Edwin Nkomo (Bantu), Proud Zireni (Quelaton), Morris Kadzola (Chicken Inn), Nigel Gandare (Dynamos), Stanford Chivangira (Wankie), Willard Kalongoda (DC Academy), Kudakwashe Mahachi (Bantu).
Tafadzwa Nyanhete(Kiglon), Charles Mukanhaire (Blue Ribbon), Nqobizitha Masuku (Quelaton), Wellington Kamudyariwa (Gunners), Pride Zivengwa (Hardbody), Ronald Chitiyo (Monomotapa), Marvellous Makamba (Bantu), Tichaona Mabvura (Dynamos), Knox Mutizwa (Highlanders), Munyaradzi Muchenje (Highfield).
Munyaradzi Chiwara (Gunners), Josephat Phiri (Platinum), Roy Nowenya (Buffaloes), Trevor Mutero (United Kingdom), Marshall Marima (Masvingo United), Abel Gwatidzo (Dynamos), Tatenda Dzumbunu (La Liga), Gabriel Nyoni (Shooting Stars), Obidience Chigeda (Railstars), Takudzwa Chimwemwe (CAPS United).

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