Bunjira blasts local football structures

Former Warriors and Caps United marksman, Alois Bunjira has castigated the local football structures for not having proper systems to aid in the development of young football talents.

By SportBrief Reporter

Bunjira made those remarks at the Shield-Chelsea football talent search initiative which was held at Alex Sports Club in Harare on Saturday.

The Unilever initiative through their Shield brand partnered with Chelsea football club to promote football at grassroots level by offering youths between the ages of 18-25 years the opportunity to showcase their soccer talent.

The Caps United legend, who was one of the selectors at the talent search event certainly didn’t hold back when asked how he felt about the state of the country’s football development structures.

“I don’t want to lie to you I’m not happy with the current state of football in the country where there is no development structures at all,” he said.

“But credit to the players that are playing and also credit to the coaches that have worked with the players that don’t have development background and proper youth structures because that is not an easy job.”

Early this year, football stakeholders voiced their concern via the parliamentary portfolio committee on Primary and Secondary Education, Sport and Arts over the state of affairs at the local football mother board, ZIFA.

The stakeholders said are concerned by the way football is being governed by the current football administration.

They went on to accuse the Chiyangwa led administration of abusing FIFA funds meant for football development.

However, Bunjira who runs a football development academy called Albun, hailed the quality of football that is being produced by football clubs this season, singling out Ngezi Platinum and FC Platinum from the rest.

“I’ve seen a huge improvement from last season, this season I’m enjoying the football as compared to last season. Credit to Ngezi Platinum who are doing very well at the top of the table, they are playing good football and scoring goals and also FC Platinum who are also playing well and have managed to keep the gap at a minimum 3 points.

“We have seen in other leagues when a team (like Ngezi Platinum) does that well other teams find it difficult to stay within touching distance.”

The former national soccer team player also went on to add that although he didn’t support Ngezi Platinum, he wants them to win the league as this would be good for football in the country.

“They are scoring well, I’m not a Ngezi supporter but if they do win I’ll be happy because they are doing things very professional both on and off the pitch, the way they are doing their things they are the most professionally run team in the league at the moment.”

“They have a great field as well, they are a great example of how a club should be run in the country and so it would be great for the country if they won. FC platinum are also doing well and being professional.”

Bunjira also made a bold prediction about two particular in-form forwards in Terrence Dzvukamanja and Jonh Zhuwawo.

“I think Terrence Dzvukamanja and John Zhuwawo are going to go past the 15 goal mark,” he said

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. 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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