Tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, nur­tur­ing cru­cial in sport

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — Over the years most youths or high school tour­na­ments have fo­cused on specif­i­cally tar­geted sports like soc­cer, cricket, bas­ket­ball and oth­ers with­out embracing all the sports at one event.

Though “spe­cial­i­sa­tion’’ has def­i­nitely its own ad­van­tages as well as miss­ing links it is good now that schools have started hold­ing tour­na­ments where more than two sports are com­peted for all at once.

Our great­est War­rior of-all-time by the fa­mil­iar name Peter Ndlovu is a no­table prod­uct of such youth tour­na­ment like the Copa Coca Cola with oth­ers like Leo Ku­rauzvione, Nyasha Chazika be­ing other no­table prod­ucts among other pop­u­lar play­ers who donned the sa­cred blue jersey. The Dairi­bord Zim­babwe Rugby Fes­ti­val for­merly the Cottco Rugby Fes­ti­val is the big­gest schools rugby fes­ti­val in the coun­try.

This fes­ti­val or tour­na­ment have also grown from strength to strength even cross­ing the bor­ders from its ori­gin even at­tract­ing par­tic­i­pants from not only South­ern Africa but even be­yond.

Tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and nur­tur­ing are of great im­por­tance in any sport­ing na­tion and even fa­mous pop­u­lar clubs Manch­ester United, Chelsea, Arse­nal FC, Barcelona, Real Madrid also have such struc­tures where tal­ent is nur­tured and de­vel­oped from youth level.

Be­sides those men­tioned above we can also point to other suc­cess­ful groups like the Un­der 23 soc­cer team which took part in the 1995 Al­lAfrica Games pro­duc­ing such great play­ers like Ge­orge Mb­wando, Ste­wart “Shutto’’ Murisa, Alex Mu­nawa, Gift Muzadzi, the Muteji broth­ers among oth­ers.

Global youth suc­cess sto­ries like Man United Class of ‘92 are just hard to ig­nore.

We hope the Nyanga East Su­per Foun­da­tion sports tour­na­ment fi­nals is go­ing to be a long-term youth iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tour­na­ment and a suc­cess story not only in Zim­babwe but in Africa and even be­yond. Felix Zonke.

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