CAPS soccer greats brings smiles to young soccer players in Glen Norah

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By SPORTS WRITER

CAPS United legend Artwell Mabhiza has joined hands with another Green Machine midfield maestro Oscar Motsi to mentor young soccer talents in the high density surburb of Glen Norah were their skills were honed.

It is no surprise that Mabhiza who is now based in the UK, chose the training ground to be Matombo which was also the pitch that was used by Makepekepe to develop junior football.

Former Cup Kings players such as Edwin Farayi, Basil Chisopo, Kudzanayi Taruvinga, George Nechironga and Tobias Sibanda were groomed at Matombo.

Other players like Hussein Amidu, the late Benjamin Mpofu, Tinashe Nengomasha and Cani Tongesayi went on to play for big teams in Zimbabwe and Africa.

All Stars Athletic Club is a community-based sports and life skills institution said club chairman Farai Makwembere.

“For a start we are primarily looking at age group boys’ soccer, we will introduce girls as we move forward with the project.

“We looking at identifying and nurturing talent from an early age and providing all the necessary support.

“However it’s not all about football as we will also impart necessary life skills like cooking, gardening, knitting, baking, sewing, and fishing among others.

He added that they will also incorporate other sporting disciplines like basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and karate among others.

Makwembere said the idea was to keep children away from the streets and vices which are commonplace in the society these days ranging from alcohol and substance abuse, premature sex, and internet abuse.

Makwembere said he was proud to be associated with the project, a brainchild of former Caps United, Sporting Lions and Arcadia united kingpin Mabhiza was owned by the community.

“For Mabhiza it is his own way of giving back to the community in which he was born and bred and giving back to football, a sport that he has been involved in since kindergarten age.

For the record Mabhiza was a product of the Caps United youth system that saw him rise through the ranks to the first team and the national soccer team.

 

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