The Zimbabwe Junior Football league will hold an Anti-cheating Campaign tournament for the Under-13 age group in Norton next Saturday.
Vengai Tinarwo, the league’s board member for development yesterday said the tournament is meant to raise awareness of dangers of age cheating in the development of junior football and soccer in general.
Tinarwo said at least 15 teams had already confirmed participation in the tourney. Winners will walk away with a trophy and a cash prize of $200 while the losing finalists will be given $150 consolation.
The clubs are Dynamos, Caps, Black Rhinos, Highfield United, Rovers FC, Derbyshire FC, Gunners, all from Harare. Kwekwe will provide Ziscosteel and Chrome Stars. Kadoma FC will also participate as well as Aspire Youth soccer Academy, Ngoni Select, Triple C and Dreamcast FC from Norton.
Zimbabwe is one country that has been rocked by age cheating in the past. Last year, at least 35 players were blacklisted by the previous Zifa board after they voluntarily opted out of the “Greulich and Pyle method” (bone testing) to determine their actual ages in the run-up to the Under-17 African Youth Championships.