zimbabwe-u23.jpgThe Zimbabwe U-23 soccer team has begun preparations for the All-Africa games return leg qualifier against South Africa with the first training being held at the National Sports Stadium this Tuesday.

Psyching up the provisional squad called into camp was the immediate task faced by Young Warriors coach, Friday Phiri.

Despite the absence of key players Matthew Rusike, Simba Sithole and Archiford Gutu from Tuesday’s training session, team manager, Wellington Mpandare appeared not worried, indicating they were expecting the trio to report for duty.

However, Mpandare pointed out that South Africa, who never broke camp, have had better preparations ahead of Sunday’s showdown.

The Young Warriors, who face their toughest test of their All-Africa Games qualifying campaign, will be hoping to overturn a 2-nil defeat incurred in the first leg.

Meanwhile, a comedy of errors once again emerged after the Young Warriors started their training session 1 hour 15 minutes late after the team failed to get a bus to ferry them to their training venue.

Close sources said bus provider, LED Travel and Tours, had withdrawn their buses owing to non-payment by ZIFA.

The transport provider is also understood to have threatened to withdraw buses being used at the ongoing Cosafa women’s event.