Zimbabwe football legend Peter Ndlovu and championship- winning Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa will this year grace the Power Net BN holiday coaching clinic that is being sponsored by Power Network Projects to the tune of $15 000.
The clinic runs from December 5-9 with the Power Net Under-16 boys tournament being played on December 11 at Belgravia Sports Club. BN Academy co-director Bhekimpilo Nyoni said Ndlovu and Pasuwa will take the players through their paces on December 5 for two hours.
“I would like to thank Power Net for sponsoring the coaching clinic as well as the Under-16 tournament. This year we are going to increase the number of coaches from three to four for the coaching clinic. We are grateful for the $15 000 that has been put into this project by Power Net.
“After the coaching clinic about 10 clubs will then clash in the Power Net Under-16 tournament. The clubs that will take part in the Under-16 tournament are BN Academy, Star Trek, Arsenal, DC Academy, Eagles, Caps United, Dynamos, Ali Sundowns, Bristle and FC Platinum. We are also waiting for confirmation from Hwange,” he said. Power Network Projects (Pvt) Ltd Business development manager Alois
Matarangwanda said the Warriors’ performance is what led them to pour resources into junior football.
“We should always start from the grassroots for our national team to be successful. The national team would be performing well if we had proper junior football structures.
“That is the reason why we decided to sponsor the BN Academy projects. We even want to sponsor the league, but people there are not organised,” he said.
Aces Youth Academy director Marc Duvillard said it was unfortunate the corporate world does not want to be involved in projects such as academies.
“The Power Net initiative should be commended because it is the first one of its kind. At academies, it is not just about football. We also look at the education aspect of the players.
“People should not just look at (Didier) Drogba (Chelsea, Ivory Coast) as soccer player only. There is more to him that just being on the playing field. That is what we mean at Aces Youth Academy when we take young boys through their paces,” he said.