Zim coach for Arsenal project

HARARE - Zimbabwean coach Titus Sanangurai is part of the six Africans that have been selected to be part of the Arsenal Football Club Future Stars coaching programme.

The project is part of the English Premiership giants’ partnership with their WorldRemit, an online money transfer service.

Sanangurai together with the other five coaches, Adegun John (Nigeria), Ahmed Ali (Somalia), Hamisi Mohamed (Kenya), Innocents Yeboah-Num (Ghana) and Tersia Davids (South Africa), will now go into a public online vote.

The winner of the vote will then get a chance to attend an exclusive training programme with Arsenal Soccer Schools in London - fully sponsored by WorldRemit.

The programme was designed to recognise and reward the valuable contribution of youth coaches to their local communities and has already granted Arsenal replica shirts to over 500 children whose coaches were shortlisted for the programme by the judging panel.

Sanangurai began coaching during his years as a player attached to Zifa Northern Region Division One side DStv Rangers.

Having secured his Caf A coaching licence, he joined the Rangers’ coaching staff and his passion for developing young talent led him to coach the DStv Rangers Junior Team.

When the team was disbanded he went on to secure support from Old Mutual for grounds and equipment enabling him to set up his own team, Big Stuff Youth Soccer Team.
The academy-style team has grown from six to 60 players in 2 years.

Having benefited from training from volunteers, Sanangurai wants to use the Future Stars experience to highlight the opportunities that exist for female players.

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