FORMER Warriors midfielder Edzai Kasinauyo and South African Premiership Bidvest Wits defender Thomas Svesve are set to grace this year’s Under-18 Willard Katsande Football Tournament slated for Mutare next weekend.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI – The Standard
The two-day tournament is set to attract over 15 clubs from around the Manicaland Province.
Last year the inaugural trophy was won by the former Buffaloes head coach Timothy “Sicho” Masachi’s side Deportivo La Sakubva after beating Barons 6-0 in the final.
The leading junior football club in the province was last year inspired by the Zimbabwe national Under-20 team player Liberty Chakoroma and current Buffaloes players Farai Banda and Phillip Thembani.
This year they will be ineligible to play in the tournament as they are now over-aged.
In an interview with Standardsport on Thursday, one of the organisers Tatenda Matiringe confirmed the development but could not divulge the total sponsorship package.
“The second edition of the Willard Katsande tournament is on and we are hoping that this year it will be a success again. We are expecting many teams from within the province,’’ he said.
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“We are hoping that football scouts around the country will be part of the tournament and we have already invited many of them. Edzai Kausinayo and Thomas Svesve have also been invited for the tournament.
“At the moment I cannot comment on the total sponsorship package because we are still working on those logistics,” he added. Timothy Masachi said he was hopeful that his team would be crowned champions for the second year running.
“We are hoping to win the tournament again although it will not be easy. We are really preparing for the tournament,” he said, Last year at the tournament, Katsande highlighted that junior football players around the country needed a lot of exposure to make it on the global market.