Zimbabwe U15 Boys coach, Norman Taruvinga, expresses confidence in his team’s potential success at the upcoming CAF African Schools Football Championship set to unfold in Harare next week. Scheduled to transpire at Gateway High School from December 14-16, this tournament marks a significant event for Zimbabwe, being the first CAF competition since the FIFA ban was lifted.
In a statement to ZIFA media, Coach Taruvinga emphasizes his belief in the squad’s talent, despite it being their debut appearance in the competition. He acknowledges the challenge posed by other countries that have prepared for a more extended period, having conducted their selections as early as May. However, Taruvinga sees this challenge as an opportunity for his team to showcase their capabilities.
“I believe in the talent in the squad, especially being our first time in this competition,” says Coach Taruvinga. “The beauty of being a newcomer is that no one knows what you are bringing to the table. I’m looking forward to a great performance from the boys and believe they will get all the support they need from their families, friends, communities, and the nation as a whole.”
The U15 Boys are currently undergoing a training camp at Direct Contact School, commencing on Monday and set to conclude next week Tuesday. The competition, featuring ten COSAFA countries, serves as a qualifying round for the continental finals in 2024. Participating teams include Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia, and the host nation, Zimbabwe.