More scouting opportunities needed: Ndiraya

HARARE - Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Tonderai Ndiraya has said there is need for creation of more scouting platforms in order to identify football talent from a tender age.

Ndiraya said this at the official launch of “Kazembe Kazembe Challenge Cup” tournament, initiated by the Mazowe West Constituency MP and businessman Raymond Kazembe on Saturday.

Speaking at the event, Ndiraya said: “If children take sport seriously, they can make a living out of it. It is therefore important to give children this opportunity. As coaches we also need the creation of more of these initiatives as they act as scouting platforms, which coaches are not always accorded. These platforms will assist us as coaches, to scout local talent.”

The 39-year-old coach, who led Ngezi to a seventh place finish in their debut season in the Castle Lager Premiership and to Chibuku Super Cup glory, said if taken seriously — sport can be a form of employment, adding that he has been surviving through football all his life.

“Parents must not discourage their children from taking up sport full time. They should instead identify their children’s strengths, because some are not good academically but have something that they are good at,” the former DeMbare player and coach said.

Speaking at the same event, Kazembe also said his initiative will go a long way in ensuring that youths in the area are not involved in criminal activities.

Kazembe, who is a former DeMbare secretary-general, said the tournament which will be an annual event, will have its first game on December 24, 2016.

Comprising four groups, the tournament will see winners going away with prize money and trophies.

The overall winners will get $1 200, a training kit and four soccer balls.

The prize will also be the same for the winning women’s team.

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