HIGHLANDERS are in the process of holding pre-season trials for their Under-14, 16 and 18 age groups at Club House in a bid to strengthen their squads in preparation for the 2016 season.
The trials are expected to start on Thursday 21 January ending on Saturday.
“We are having trials for our Under-14, Under 16 and Under 18 teams. We want to strengthen three squads before the start of the new season. However, special emphasise will be on the Under-14 age group because some of our 2015 Under-14 players have graduated to the Under-16 category. The trials will end on Saturday,” said Bosso chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede.
Last weekend, ambitious Southern Region Division One club Bantu Rovers held two-day trials in all their age groups including the U14s, U16s and U18s and saw more than 100 young players while only 60 players caught the eye of the conducting technical staff which included their newly appointed junior’s recruitment coordinator Dumaza Dube.
The club’s general manager Wilbert Sibanda was reportedly impressed with the large turnout saying they were already working on the contracts of the successful players and hinted on holding another trials session next weekend at any of the high density suburbs to cater for those who couldn’t make it to Crescent Sports Club.
“We held one of our most successful trials in a long time and we were very impressed with the turnout and how things went. We had impressive young players and we managed to choose a total of 60 players whom we are engaging in the signing of contracts as we speak.”
“However this is not the end of the road for those who had a bad day in office this weekend as we will hold another series of trials next weekend targeting the high density suburbs and they can still come,” he said.
The team chose a total of 20 players for each of the Under-14s and 16s category with the remaining 20 penning deals to feature for the U18s where they can alternatively turn out for the seniors.
The trials were targeting players who were both academically and technically gifted to kick start the club’s project of offering their players local and international scholarships.