FORMER Castle Lager Premier Soccer League chairman Tendai Madzorera has challenged the country’s elite football league clubs to highly consider a youth policy to promote and develop young talent.
Madzorera’s sentiments come against a background of Highlanders and Dynamos’ rebuilding exercises that have seen the two Zimbabwean football giants rope in a number of youngsters ahead of the start of the 2018 season.
“All clubs (PSL) should have youth policies to promote and develop young talent,” said Madzorera in an interview on PSL’s official Facebook page.
Following a somewhat below average season under Dutch coach Erol Akbay who quit the giants citing poor working conditions, Highlanders chose to bring back former player, Madinda Ndlovu, who decided to do away with older players in his bid to bring good old days to the club.
Ndlovu’s youngsters fared well in the ZNA Charity Shield beating Chicken Inn 2-1 in the semifinals before they were humbled by a relatively youthful Dynamos side losing 2-1 in the final.
While their performances in those matches raise a lot of expectations among the team’s followers, it remains to be seen if the glory days will bounce back at Bosso.
Ndlovu, a former Mochudi Centre Chiefs coach chose to do away with old horses such as Simon Munawa, Eric Mudzingwa, Ralph Matema and Tendai Ngulube among others and opted to promote juniors from the club’s Division One side, Bosso 90 and their Under-18.
Apart from retaining some bright young prospects like Brian Banda, Charlton Siamalonga, Godfrey Makruse, Ray Lunga, Bosso have also acquired the services of former Hwange and Bulawayo city striker Newman Sianchali.
Also part of the young blood added into the fold is Nigel Makumbe, Munyaradzi Chitambwe and Ben Musaka.
Ndlovu’s counterpart Lloyd “Samaita” Mutasa has also ushered a new look at the Glamour Boys and the later is famed for having fielded a “kidznet” squad during the semi final match against Caps United and in the final they floored Bosso.
Just like Ndlovu, Mutasa disposed of most of the club’s veterans and critics will be watching with keen interest to see if the formula will mark the rebirth of Zimbabwe’s biggest football outfits.
A product of the Dynamos juniors, Kudzanayi Dhemere who was last year chosen as the Most Promising Player at Dynamos’ end-of-the-year awards hosted by BancABC, has shined in his club’s pre-season matches.
Captain Marshal Machazane and Godfrey Mukambi are the only senior players from last season who have featured in DeMbare colours in preparatory matches and have reportedly managed to hold the team together as twin centre-backs.
Blessing Moyo, who is returning to the side this year, has started together with unheralded Cleopas Kapupurika and Tawanda Macheke.
Valentine Kadonzo and Romario Matova who made cameo appearances last season, have also got their opportunities in the absence of senior players Ocean Mushure, Obey Mwerahari, Christian Epoupa, Quality Kangadze, Valentine Ndaba, Emmanuel Mandiranga and Peace Makaha.
Madzorera, who was active in local football between year 1998-2006 serving as the secretary general of the now defunct AmaZulu, encouraged local football administrators to stick to the rules and regulations of the game.
“It is also important to constantly amend the rules and the constitution to suit the changing times. Clubs should also promote the PSL brand. Administrators and their respective clubs should remain professional. All teams should be treated equally,” he said.
Fondly known as “Mr T” he reckons that during their time in PSL leadership where he also served as the league’s chairman (between 2004 and 2006), their biggest challenge was acquiring sponsorship for both clubs and the league.
“Getting both clubs and administrators to adhere to football statutes was also a challenge for us as a league,” he said.