Chiyangwa calls on foot­ball acad­e­mies to reg­is­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

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

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