MASVINGO – Masvingo Footballers Trust (MAFT) board has donated 10 soccer balls and three sets of bibs to its junior academy to promote football growth and development.
The donation was made on Saturday at Sisk football ground where the academy holds its training sessions.
MAFT board chairperson Clayton Shereni told The Mirror that his organisation is prioritising junior players ahead of current and former football players for the donations to instil discipline, work ethic, talent development and urge them to abstain from drug and substance abuse which has grown rampant.
The donation was attended by Shereni, executive director Godfrey Mutimba, secretary Anacolleta Mweneziko, her deputy Omen Mafa and board member Philip Shumba.
Shereni said their aim is to nurture world class players from Masvingo who will play in elite clubs and raise the country’s flag high.
“Our aim is to help junior, current and former players. We saw it fit to start with junior players because they are the future of Zim football who will play for clubs and the national team. Junior players should be given direction before they fall prey to drug and substance abuse which has grown rampant.
“We saw the need for training equipment and footballs which we have brought. MAFT will also be donating to other clubs and schools across the province that are less privileged,” said Shereni.
The donations were sourced by the MAFT board.
Mafa also said that MAFT will work with former Masvingo United players in the diaspora as Coster Nhamoinesu and Douglas Zimbango and South Sudan based board member Jacob Mbudzi.
MAFT academy is coached by former Dynamos, Caps United and national team player George Magariro and has over 70 players in the U10, U13, U15, U17 and U20 age groups.
Mweneziko who is a teacher and female football coach said families should allow and urge the girl child to play football as a career choice.
“I have coached Masvingo Queens and the province’s U17 girls’ team and the girl child has a lot of potential to succeed as professional soccer players. I have trained superb female football players as Charity Karuru who played for Masvingo Queens. Soccer is a sport for all sexes and community must not stigmatise female players,” said Mweneziko.