TWO football products from Alois Bunjiraa��s Albun Soccer Academy Leeroy Bernard (16) and Tanyaradzwa Chapfake (16) have signed for Castle Lager Premier Soccer League outfit Chapungu.
The two happen to be the first young players to be signed by a PSL club.
a�?They are with Chapungu and this is just the beginning of good things for our Academy,a�? said Bunjira, a former CAPS United and Young Warriors star player.
Bunjira, who is one of Chitungwizaa��s most illustrious sons, retired from top-flight football in 2011 and he had the opportunity to plough back into the community that made him a star through establishing the Albun Soccer Academy in February 2012.
The academy has also made it possible for 11 boys whose parents previously could not afford school fees, to secure scholarships to study at Chibi High School in Masvingo.
The academy is aimed at grooming talented underprivileged boys and girls in the 14 to 18-year age group.
Bunjiraa��s 16-year international career saw him competing with the best in US, Slovakia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Passionate about his vision, Bunjira said:
a�?My vision is to start developing kids early so that they can reach sporting maturity earlier. We aim to produce 21-year-olds that are fully equipped to compete at international level. This is important because it gives them the opportunity to have a longer soccer lifespan modelled on the career paths of the likes of todaya��s top international players like Lionel Messi.a�?
With this in mind, Bunjira made a business plan for the project in 2011 and approached various local companies for assistance.