Ngezi catches them young

HARARE - Sixteen-year-old Takunda Benhura is hoping to be a future Premier Soccer League star after lighting up the Zimplats Ngezi Inter District Sports Tournament last week at Baobab Stadium.

The striker was the star of the show as he helped Sanyati A to win the six-team competition.

Benhura scored the only goal in the final to help his side beat Chegutu Select.

It was the forward’s third goal in the tournament which meant he walked away with the Golden Boot Award.

Benhura was also crowned man-of-the-tournament to cap off a wonderful outing for the Form 3 student at Rimuka 2 Secondary School in Kadoma.

The striker is also part of the 19 players who were selected to be part of the Ngezi Platinum Stars Under-19 development team from next year after impressing at the tournament.

This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for Benhura and the selected group as they have been given an opportunity to train under experienced coaches and at better facilities.

If they go on to mature and further develop their talents, graduation into the Ngezi Platinum Stars first team in the PSL will be on offer.

With a football career at Madamburo now in sight, Benhura believes he can make it in the cut-throat industry of professional football.

“I would like to thank God because he’s the one who has given me this talent and opportunity to be able to be scouted by Ngezi Platinum,” Benhura told the Daily News on Sunday.

“It’s now up to me to keep on working hard and to listen to what the coaches are telling so that I can make it as a professional player.”

The Kadoma-born striker, who is blessed with pass and a killer instinct inside the box, was grateful to Zimplats for the chance that he was given to showcase his ability.

“It’s been a long road of training and working hard without many people believing in my talent but now look where Iam now,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity for me to realise my dream of becoming a professional player thanks to sponsors Zimplats.

“What is left for me is to just do my best so that I use this chance to get to the top.”

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Tonderai Ndiraya urged the young players to maintain discipline if they are to make it in football.

“As coaches, we look at discipline first before anything else when we are scouting for players,” Ndiraya said.

“You might be talented but if you are not disciplined, you are not going to go far in this profession.”

In a speech read on his behalf, Zimplats managing director Stanley Segula said the mining giant will continue to develop sport in the rural communities.

“As Zimplats, we appreciate the roles sport plays in developing our grassroot communities. We also recognise the important role that sport plays in education,” Segula, who is also the Ngezi Platinum Stars president said.

“Zimplats aims to expand the sports development programme including other sports like athletics to take advantage of the facilities at this stadium.”

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