ZIFA moves to promote junior football development

By Sport Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is set to revive junior development through hosting district and provincial tournaments across the country.
The custodians of Zimbabwean football, ZIFA, are working on reviving junior football in the country with a bias towards identifying and nurturing talent in all districts across the country.
“Competition and success is just a measure of preparedness, hence the need for us as a country to focus on developing these youngsters from grassroots. You see it does not make sense for us to participate in junior tournaments because we do not have an active league so there is no way we can come up with a team. Firstly, we thought it wise to put in place junior competitions before going on to expose ourselves on regional and international stages,” said Wilson Mutekede, the ZIFA Technical Director.
With the return of lower leagues expected in July, negotiations are also underway to pave way for the resumption of junior football.
“Our prayer is that COVID-19 continues to subside so that government will consider our application. Negotiations are already there and it is looking fruitful,” he added.
Junior football development in Zimbabwe remains a topical issue and it is hoped the move will steer the growth of the game.
The Young Warriors have of late underperformed in regional tournaments, hence ZIFA’s move to withdraw from such tournaments this year to concentrate on domestic competitions.

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