Chelsea-Shield Zim Tournament kicks off

The Unilever sponsored, Shield-Chelsea football talent search, which will see one lucky Zimbabwean getting a once in a life time opportunity of flying to London to train with Chelsea legends, kicks off in Bulawayo with trials set for Gifford High School on Saturday 19 May.

By Sports Reporter

The opportunity comes from the Shield, Africa’s number one deodorant and anti-perspirant brand’s partnership with Chelsea Football Club which was established in 2017.

The partnership will present Zimbabweans and other Africans amateur football players with the opportunity to feel and see how it takes to train like champions among other opportunities.

This individual will get to train at the world-class training ground and get to play against Chelsea legends. This is once in a lifetime opportunity, is expected to open doors for the young amateur Zimbabwean footballer.

“This is a dream come true for the young men and women who dare to chase their goals. I urge all youths in Bulawayo aged between 18 and 25 to come to Gifford High School on Saturday on 19 May. We are still accepting entries into the competition,” said Susan Luneta, Shield Brand Manager.

“We want to give every youth a chance. Those who didn’t get the opportunity to enter via the SMS, WhatsApp and USSD platforms can come on the day of the trials. All they need to do is bring with them a Shield product as this will be a requirement to enter. Trials will start at 7:00 am.”

The try-outs will be overseen by four local football coaches, who include former Warriors coach, Calisto Pasuwa, Former Highlanders Coach, Cosmas ‘Tsano’ Zulu, former Dynamos midfielder, Naison Mchekela and former Caps United Utility, Alois Bunjira.

A total of 15 youths will be selected from the Bulawayo trials to join another group of 15 players who will be selected from the Harare trails set for 2 June. The final 30 players will then go to a one-week boot camp session in July.

After the bootcamp, 3 Chelsea Coaches will be coming to Harare on the 25th of July to pick the final winner who will go to Cobham in the UK to train and play against Chelsea legends.

Cosmas Zulu urged Bulawayo and Matebeleland provinces youths to turn out in larger numbers for the trials.

“Bulawayo has abundant untapped talent in the form of our youths. The platform has been set, they should just come out and show what they have. Such a big opportunity cannot just slip out,” Zulu said.

The competition which was launched on the 4th of April in Harare, is open to Zimbabwean citizens aged 18-25 years.

To enter, one has to purchase any Shield product and send the barcode to the USSD *33366# or send a picture of the receipt on WhatsApp number 0777714200.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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