Nakamba pledges more support

Nakamba pledges more support

Nakamba pledges more support

MARVELOUS Nakamba, under his foundation, has pledged to continue supporting junior football.

The two-day Marvelous Nakamba Foundation national Under-17 football tournament ended Sunday in Bulawayo.

Mutare-based academy, MAJESA, were crowned champions of the inaugural youth competition at White City Stadium.

MAJESA beat Highlanders in an exciting final that was played before an appreciative crowd.

Eight teams took part in the historic youth football tournament.

The final was graced by a number of football legends and Government officials, including Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi.

Nakamba said he will not be frustrated by the age-cheating incidents which reared their ugly head at the tournament.

The Dynamos’ Under-17 side, which had topped Group A, were disqualified for age-cheating.

“Youth football development is the basis of success, wherever you go and, as such, the MNF will continue to sponsor the national Under-17 tournament.

“It was unfortunate there were some incidences of age-cheating and, as MNF, we soundly condemn such acts.

“But, that will not deter us from our mission to uplift the youths through football,” said Nakamba.

The Warriors star, whose foundation also pays schools for over 1 000 students across the country, confirmed the MNF Under-17 tournament will be an annual event.

“This is what I enjoy, I was a beneficiary of a sound junior development plan and, as such, I have to give the upcoming footballers a platform to showcase their talent and possibly attract the attention of scouts.

“So, the idea is to do this tournament every year, and also spread it to all corners of the country.

“I will continue doing this every time when I am on off-season because I belong here in Zimbabwe.

“All the people who attended this event are my people,” he said.

The MNF are planning to host a girls football tournament in November.

“It’s all in the pipeline, we also need to cater for the girl child and give her equal opportunities,” said Nakamba.

MNF chief executive officer, Ntombizodwa Toppera, outlined the organisation’s charity drive.

“The Marvelous Nakamba Foundation does a lot of charity work, including paying school fees for thousands of students across the country.

“We believe in giving everyone an opportunity, especially the children, because they are the future of this country.

“NMF would like to thank the official partner, Simbisa Brands, and Mr Warren Meares, who is the MD for Simbisa Brands Zimbabwe, for making sure that the tournament was a success.”

A number of renowned former footballers, including Douglas Mloyi, Ronald Sibanda, Dickson Choto, Gift Lunga and Ephraim Mazarura, attended the tournament.

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