Harare City to launch Under-11 tourney

HARARE – Harare City Council through their premiership club Harare City will tomorrow launch a $100 000 Under-11 football tournament at Rufaro Stadium.

The tournament will see 32 municipality-owned schools battle for honours with winners of the boys’ and girls’ category walking away with $5 000 each while runners-up will get $3 000.

Semi-finalist losers will pocket $2 000 each. Schools booted out in quarter-finals will receive $1 000 while schools that lose in the second and first round will get $500 and $250 respectively.

“Council will continue to support efforts to groom soccer talent. This is the foundation that has always lacked in our football development,” Stanley Ndemera, Harare City Football Club vice chairman told the Daily News yesterday.

“This money is coming from Harare City FC budget, we want our junior policy to produce more players and by doing this we will be feeding our national team with talented players.

“Our focus is not only to groom talent for Harare City FC, but to develop soccer in Harare to higher levels and this will positively impact on soccer at national level.

“We have started our project by refurbishment of our community grounds. We have already donated 32 goal nets to all our schools and we have also completed refurbishment of 18 grounds.

“As a football club, we want to end the issue of buying players, we have noted that the standard of football is going down, so there is an urgent need of developing the sport,” said Ndemera.

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