Jadel Academy ropes in Mavhenyengwa

Tadious Manyepo-Sports Reporter

JADEL Football Academy Zimbabwe have roped in veteran coach Sammy Mavhenyengwa as their technical director.

The local wing of the Beijing-headquartered nursery has been growing in leaps and bounce since its launch some three years ago.

And the coming in of the former Black Rhinos coach, who is a ZIFA coach educator in his own right, is expected to lift the academy’s credential even further.

Mavhenyengwa will be leading an array of young and upcoming coaches like former Dynamos players Elliot Matsika, Martin Vengesayi and Maxwell Nyamupangedengu among others.

Jadel Academy director Walter Musanhu said they have decided to take on board the veteran tactician for his intact track record.

“Look, Mavhenyengwa groomed a lot of footballers who made it big in this country. He is a talented scout and his ability to nurture talent is out of this world,” said Musanhu.

“We are very happy having such a man who is known to groom players who rose through the ranks to play for the national team.

“As Jadel Academy, our thrust is to make sure every kid who passes through our nursery develops into a star player. So it is not by coincidence that we have decided to take him on board”.

Mavhenyengwa’s immediate task is to prepare six Under-13 players who have been invited to take part in two tournaments in China.

The youngsters, who will be following the footsteps of 15-year-old Tawananyasha Kunaka who was the first player from the local Jadel Academy wing to be invited to China in March, will also partake in a cultural exchange program with the Chinese.

They will be taking part in the Thaiwoo International Cup jamboree which runs for eight days from August 12.

The six players include Tichaona Kunaka, Tafadzwa Sadziwa, Tashinga Wilbesi, Neymar Konono, Lionel Tuboyi, Munashe Mutsikadowo.

The youngsters are already going through their paces with Musanhu, who is back in the country, running around with the logistics.

The former Motor Action player has however appealed for financial assistance from individuals and corporates to chip in.

“We have six players and their manager going for the tournament in China. The contest is scheduled for August and preparations have been going on for the past few months,” said Musanhu.

“They will be taking part in five aside football and they could also be joined by those already at Jadel Academy Beijing for seven aside games.

“It’s a massive opportunity for the six youngsters who will also get some time to take part in a cultural exchange program scheduled for the same time as the football tournament.

“It’s a very big opportunity for the youngsters to showcase their talent on a global platform.

“Several nations including those from Africa will be represented. So we are calling upon individuals and entities to help in supporting the cause for our youngsters.

“The boys are eager to go and you can tell with the way they are committed to everything they are doing on and off the field of play”.

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