VETERAN football coach Cosmas “Tsano” Zulu has made a call to local football clubs and scouts to greatly consider hiring players that are currently chasing a dream to turn out for famed English side Chelsea.
The Shield- Chelsea talent search entered its second stage last Saturday with 20 players selected during the trials held at Alexandra Sports Club in Harare.
“It’s a fact that only one Zimbabwean boy will go to train with Chelsea soon after the boot camp that will be held in Harare beginning 18 July. In that regard, I would want to personally encourage clubs and scouts to greatly consider hiring these boys. They are a talented lot that needs to be recognised by any soccer loving person in the country,” said Zulu.
The Shield-Chelsea talent search is an initiative that is sponsored by Unilever under the Shield deodorant brand and will see one lucky Zimbabwean getting a once in a lifetime opportunity of flying to London, England.
Last weekend, there was reportedly an overwhelming response as participants from in and around the capital attended the trials.
The selected 20 players now join another group of 15 finalists from Bulawayo and will soon go on a one-week boot camp session in July.
After the boot camp, three coaches from Chelsea Football Club will assess the players in Harare and pick the final winner.
In conducting the search, Zulu is working hand in glove with ex-Warriors gaffer Callisto Pasuwa, former national team player Alois Bunjira and ex-Dynamos midfielder Naison Muchekela who were in the city to identify 15 aspiring footballers for the programme.
Unilever managing director, Hilary Muzondiwa said:
”Soccer is the most loved sport in Zimbabwe and is a key passion point for our consumers. The new partnership will aim to inspire young Zimbabweans who understands that achieving success requires hard work, practice, and absolute dedication — both on and off the field. Winning requires that you get up and get moving.”
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