Junior football development takes root in Zvishavane

By ZBC Reporter
THE establishment of a five aside junior league in the central region is expected to create a data base of junior female players graduating to the senior national team.
With the football mother body, ZIFA declaring 2020 as the year football should do the talking, there is a glimmer of hope for the girl child as the association has gone full throttle in establishing a five aside league in Zvishavane meant to compete in the central region.

Speaking after watching abundant talent in Zvishavane’s Kandodo stadium, coordinator of the programme, former Shabani Mine player Arnold Jani said they are thrilled with the talent emerging from surrounding rural schools.
“The programme will give the girl child an opportunity to showcase their talent like today we had talented girls from rural schools. These girls lacked that exposure but with this programme talent identification will be easy for the coaches,” said Jani.
For head coach of the scouting programme, Lindiwe Ndlovu, the establishment of a junior league will give coaches a database to trace some of the players graduating to the senior teams.
“Grassroots women football has been ignored for long but we are happy the formation of a junior league will help us in identifying and developing talent,” said Ndlovu.
Previous administrators have been accused of neglecting grassroot development and ZIFA has since targeted under 15s to identify talent