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Shot in the arm for Masvingo junior football

The interim committee

…as
Zifa sets up Jnr League committee

Clayton Shereni

Following
loud calls for a junior football league, it seems the pleas are beginning to be
heard after local football mother body Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) set
up an interim committee to run the affairs of junior football development in
the province.
Masvingo
has over the years lagged behind in terms of junior football developmental
projects, with no junior league of its own despite the existence of such
notable teams as Triangle FC and Masvingo Utd FC who all need to fed by new
talent from junior leagues.
The
province is home to Chidyamakono, Pamushana, Gutu and Hippo Valley high schools
who are forces to reckon with at such national competitions as Copa Coca-Cola
annual Under 15 tourney.
Talking
of young players who made headlines, Masvingo boasts of Ovidy Karuru, Takudzwa
Mahori and Gabriel Nyoni who turned professional at a tender age during their
days at Gokomere and Pamushana respectively.
An
interim committee was selected over the weekend and it faces an uphill task of
doing the ground work and making sure the much-awaited league starts by
mid-March this year.
Experienced
football coaches and administrators were given the task to lead the initiative
with the vision of setting up a world-class junior league which will produce
players who can make it into Premier Soccer League (PSL) and national teams.
Seasoned
football administrator, Austin Hakunavanhu will lead as the interim chairperson
while Pikisai Mhizha, Margaret Chipetiwa, Tinos Chivasa, Zambuko Rice, Ernest
Chinosengwa, Charles Mhike make up the list of the committee.
Speaking
to TellZim News, Hakunavanhu said the initiative was a welcome development
which he hoped will change the face of Masvingo football.
“We
are waiting for the first meeting so that I can assess the situation. The
initiative is welcome and we all hope something positive comes out of it,” said
Hakunavanhu.
Zifa
Eastern Region chairperson Davison Muchena expressed confidence in the
capability of the new committee and also said the province was supposed to go
back to its glory days of producing young talented players.
“We
believe after putting up an interim committee of such qualified personnel.
Surely, we are going through the heights that we require in junior football. As
a region, we want to thank the Zifa president Felton Kamambo for awarding the
kids a chance and as we all know Masvingo has been a force to reckon in terms
of producing talented players.
“Masvingo
has been winning with Pamushana, Chibi, Hippo Valley and Gutu. Youth teams from
Masvingo have won so many trophies on a national scale so we believe if we give
them a chance they will excel more,” said Muchena.
For
this inaugural season, the league will include school teams, community teams
and football academies from the province’s seven districts.
Zifa
is on a nationwide junior football developmental project where they are setting
up junior leagues across the country’s ten provinces with Masvingo and
Manicaland already completed.

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