Mutekede con­sid­ers lo­cal­is­ing F4F con­cept

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Rus­sia in Mos­cow,

ZIFA tech­ni­cal direc­tor Wil­son Mutekede is con­tem­plat­ing in­tro­duc­ing the con­cept of Foot­ball for Friendship (F4F) , which he be­lieves can help in the de­vel­op­ment of the game in Zim­babwe.

Mutekede has been im­pressed by how or­gan­is­ers of the F4F have man­aged to put to­gether 32 teams, all play­ing on one field, while push­ing the nine val­ues of the tour­na­ment.

“What we are see­ing here is what we should be do­ing back home if we are to de­velop our game. I’m see­ing a lot of pos­i­tives and I think we need to lo­calise this con­cept into our Zim­bab­wean sit­u­a­tion,” said Mutekede.

With 32 teams of youngsters all play­ing at the same time on a field di­vided into eight groups, Mutekede said the con­cept can be in­tro­duced in Zim­babwe by having pro­vin­cial teams from the coun­try’s 10 prov­inces.

“Had it been in Zim­babwe, we would have needed a min­i­mum of eight dif­fer­ent fields for th­ese youngsters be­cause we seem to treat them as adults yet they are just kids who must be treated as such. How do we ex­pect an 11-year-old kid to play in an adult size pitch?

“By de­mar­cat­ing the pitch to fit their size, you are help­ing th­ese youngsters to fully ap­pre­ci­ate the game and also to en­joy it, so I re­ally feel we need to have this kind of tour­na­ment back home,” he said.

Mutekede said grass­roots de­vel­op­ment can only suc­ceed if proper tech­ni­cal and tac­ti­cal knowl­edge is given to the youngsters. “By us­ing this con­cept, I am con­vinced our game will de­velop,” he said.

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