Cast net wider, says US-based star

BULAWAYO - Former Zimbabwe Under -15 football captain Ackim Mpofu, who is making waves in the United States of America, is itching to represent his motherland in international football again.

Mpofu was recently chosen as the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Most Valuable Player with 13 goals and seven assists and earned All-America honours following a superb season for Cushing Academy in the USA high school circuit.

The 18-year old former Highlanders and Makhandeni Pirates player is also in contention for the prestigious Gatorade Player of the Year award, but lack of international football may hamper his chances of landing the big prize.

State Player of the Year award winners are eligible for the Gatorade National Player of the Year award in their respective sports.

The state winners in the boys and girls soccer category will be announced in February 2014 while the national winners will be named in May 2014.

Speaking to the Daily News from his base in the United States, Mpofu said he would have loved to be part of the Young Warriors side that finished fourth at the recent Cosafa Youth Championships in Lesotho.

“I badly wanted to come and play at the Cosafa tournament and I think the school would have gladly released me because I would have not only been representing my country, but my school as well,” Mpofu said.

“I hope Zifa will cast their net wider when they call up players for future assignments because there are many Zimbabwean players playing here in America who are willing to come back and represent the country.”

Mpofu is in his senior year at Cushing Academy and has committed to North Eastern University, where he wants to study international business.

In 2010, Mpofu captained Zimbabwe at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore where he formed a sensational striking partnership with Mncedisi Gumede and Mgcini Sibanda.

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