Chiyangwa calls on football academies to register
ZIFA has called on football academies operating in the country to register with the local football mother body for them to stand a chance of getting financial assistance.
Speaking at a welcome reception held for Friendly Football Academy, which returned from a successful tour of England where it won the New Balance Nottingham Cup, Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa said the association would soon be disbursing developmental funds and only those registered will benefit.
“We want a full list of all academies in the country and are calling upon them to register with us,” said Chiyangwa.
“It is very important that you register so that you can benefit from the financial assistance which we will soon start disbursing.
“Fifa have made a commitment that they will be helping member states with developmental funds and the only place we can put these funds once we get them is in academies,” he said.
Friendly won the 20-team Under-18 invitational tourney by outwitting teams from the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
Academy technical director Partridge Muskwe said they learnt how modern academies should be structured.
“We did learn a lot there on how we should structure and organise our academies.
“The tourney also gave our boys the much needed exposure and we hope they will work even harder and succeed as professional footballers,” said Muskwe.
Harley Matarutse and Takudzwa Muskwe were among Friendly’s best performers and finished the tourney as joint top goal scorers with five goals each. — Sportszone
Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa