THE Zimbabwe Copa Coca-Cola Under-16 boys’ football team is today expected to fly out to South Africa for a training camp expected to run until September 15.
The training camp will be held at Tuks Sports Camp in Pretoria where the country will be represented by 14 players selected during the Copa Coca-Cola Under-16 boys’ tournament played in Mutare in July.
National Association of Secondary Heads head-in-charge Albert Mucheka told Southern Eye Sport the camp was important in the development of the youngsters.
“It is quite important because it will expose the young players to professional and world-class coaches from Chelsea.
“This will give the youngsters the opportunity to meet other player from other countries.
“It will be an enriching experience for the players.
“It will also encourage them to work even harder because being chosen to represent the country out of the 12 teams is an achievement,” he said.
Fourteen countries are expected to take part in the training camp.
According to organisers, the camp will be in three segments — exposure, training and the tournament.
The exposure part will take the youths to FNB Stadium.
The excelling teams will be rewarded with trophies for the tournament champions, runners-up, fair play and best celebration award.
There will also be awards for the Player of the Tournament, Golden Boot, Goalkeeper of the Tournament,Goal of the Tournament while all players will get certificates, medals and badges.
The team is coached by Never Mhandu from Chemhanza — defending champions of the Copa Coca-Cola Cup.
List of travelling players:
Tatenda Godknows Munditi (Chemhanza), Edwin Chiyangwa (Churchill), Mathias Ngoni Chodewa (Churchill), Learnmore Muyambo (Chemhanza), Innocent Zvinotinetsei Chifamba (Mzingwane),
Bukhosi Sibanda, (Gifford), Daniel Brandon Chibisa (Churchill), Washington Parira (Chemhanza), Simbarashe Tandi (Mzingwane), Saidi Ebadi ( Zvishavane), Tatenda Elvis Tumba (Chemhanza), Paul Makotore (Mzingwane), Tafadzwa ElimonNhundu (Howard) and Andile Tshuma (Gifford).