Pathetic Young Warriors eliminated from COSAFA Championship

The Under-17 side were effectively knocked out of contention for a place in the semi-finals when they were thrashed 5-0 by Malawi on 23 July and for the second successive tournament, Zimbabwe have finished the tournament as the basement team.

Down 2-0 at half time, the Young Warriors crumbled in the second half, conceding a further three goals, to produce a score line similar to the one recorded in the 2017 edition when the sides met at the group stage.

Having lost the opening match against Swaziland [2-3], the Tafadzwa Mashiri-coached boys are mathematically out of the tournament because they can now only amass a maximum of three points, the same total which Malawi and Swaziland already have.

Even if Zimbabwe are to beat Angola, any result between Swaziland and Malawi still sees Zimbabwe finishing bottom of Group C.

Angola top Group C with a hundred percent start, and they are favourites to progress as winners while the winner between Swaziland and Malawi may qualify as the best placed runner up.

The slight improvement so far from the previous tournament is on the number of goals scored after 180 minutes of football, two, compared to zero last year.

Tinotenda Benza, now playing in the top-flight for Herentals FC, scored the only goal for Zimbabwe in 2017.

Methusseli Ngwenya and John Bonomali scored in the ongoing event in an attempted comeback against Swaziland, before the opponents killed the match in the 86th minute.

Zimabawe’s final group game against Angola will be played on 25 July at 1330 hours. The team will head home thereafter, expected to arrive on Thursday 26 July.