Harare and Bulawayo academies are expected to provide the bulky of Young Warriors U-20 players following the decision by the majority of Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams not to fill the five premiership slots reserved for junior players.
Failure to prioritise junior players development in the local PSL has plunged ZIFA into a serious football crisis which will see the mother body conducting trials for the U-20 players who are due to take part in the U-20 championships set for Kitwe, Zambia from the 6th to the 16th of December.
Warriors Technical Director, Wilson Mutekede defended the move, saying failure to promote junior slots in the PSL has led the association taking the initiative with the view that not all talented players ply their trade in the local premiership.
The move by former Warriors and Highlanders steely defender, Bekithemba Ndlovu and his backroom staff has since exposed the association’s shortcomings in terms of junior football development.
It also leaves a lot of questions than answers as to when the association will take a leaf from neighbouring countries; Zambia and South Africa who have vibrant junior policies.
South Africa’s Amajita and the Young Chipolopolo have demonstrated good football structures.
The Young Warriors are due in camp two weeks before the commencement of the games.
It also remains to be seen whether the new method of identifying players will assist the Warriors in bouncing from their Rustenburg slumber performance.