MASSIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR BUDDING FOOTBALL STARS . . . FC Porto coaches oversee two-day tourney

Curtworth Masango

FOR scores of young footballers in the capital, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for them to try and catch the eyes of top coaches and get a crack into European football.

Coaches from Portuguese giants, FC Porto, are set to oversee a two-day tournament at High Achievers Helensvale Sports Centre tomorrow and on Sunday.

It will be a four-team tournament with hosts FC Porto Zimbabwe, Inter Harare, BRUSFA Academy and BH Academy taking part.

FC Porto are one of the leading clubs in European football.

The club’s developmental coaches have been in the country for almost two weeks now and are helping their Zimbabwean partners, FC Porto Zimbabwe.

Academy president, Cobert Chimedza said he believes the tourney will open doors for budding footballers.

“It’s a talent hunt by FC Porto coaches to assess our players,” he said.

“The availability of foreign coaches is good for the development of our game.

“The level of competence that comes with these foreign coaches is important for us as it directly benefits our players and coaches.

“They bring a lot of knowledge and skills.”

He added:

“We hope it will be a life-changing experience for the players. Already you can witness the positive impact the coaches have already brought within the academy.

“We are quite sure that our boys will make us proud and showcase the talent they have and we are looking forward to an exciting event.”

Academy general manager, Tichaona Moleni, said:

“This tournament will be the perfect example of a cultural exchange, which is good for sports tourism.

“Academies like FC Porto are the benchmark of international standards and having their people here means they leave behind the skills and knowledge to develop our standards.

“At the same time, having them stay for long means that we are doing well in terms of sports tourism and they will be going there speaking about how hospitable our country is.”

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