Pamushana, Mzingwane starlets included in All-Star team

HARARE - CAPS United rookie midfielder Nyasha Chikazenga and Mzingwane High School’s goal keeper Paul Makotore, who have both been overlooked by the Zimbabwe Under-17 football team, were selected into the Under-17 Copa All-Star team.

The duo was part of a 14-man team drawn from 140 players stemming from 15 African countries that descended on Pretoria for the just ended Copa Cola International fiesta.

Zambia’s Chipolopolo Stars lifted the trophy after amassing 16 points, two points ahead of runners-up Tanzania, while Zimbabwe finished a distant last with a mere 7 points after only one win against Kenya.

But midfield workhorse Nyasha Chikazenga’s exploits did not go unnoticed.

Chikazenga marshalled the Zimbabwean midfield with aplomb.

The Pamushana High School pupil is happy to have had the exposure that he says will give him a good platform to one day reach the heights of his football icon, Michael Essien.

Goalkeeper Makotore, who worked tirelessly between the sticks for the Under-16 national side albeit in a losing cause, was a cut above the rest and won himself the goalkeeper of the tournament award.

Following their selection, Makotore and Chikazenga had a chance to shine for the Copa Coca-Cola All-Star team that was made up of the best players from the inter-country competition.

The All-Star team trained together last Thursday before taking on the Supersport United U-19 team on Friday.

Sadly, whilst their potential received glowing reviews from the best tacticians in the world in the form of Chelsea coaches handling that tournament, they have been glaringly overlooked by the Zimbabwe Under-17 side.

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