Chunga bemoans falling football standards
Kwekwe, (The Times) – Former national soccer team player, and club coach, Moses “Bambo” Chunga has said the state of football in Zimbabwe has gone down, and there is need for the corporate world to invest in schools where there is untapped sporting talent.
Speaking at the AZ Hwingwiri Invitational Under 17 soccer tournament at Amaveni Stadium on Friday, Chunga, who is a director of Moses Bambo Chunga Academy, said the country had abundant talent but some schools in high density suburbs were lacking facilities and equipment to develop the players.
“The standard of football has gone down. The reigning soccer star has won it in two successive seasons, but what impact is he making?
“School teams are lacking basic football skills. We have many qualified coaches who are willing to go and impart knowledge and skills to the youngsters, but some schools are not interested as they see them as a threat,” said Chunga.
He paid tribute to the Hwingwiri family for organizing the annual soccer team.
Chunga was accompanied by another former Warriors player, John David Phiri. The two presented prizes to the winners. Also in attendance was Tel-One FC head coach Jairos Tapera.
This year’s tournament was won by Globe and Phoenix Secondary School which beat Amaveni High School 1-0 in the final.
Globe and Phoenix walked away with a floating trophy, $500 cash and a football kit. Amaveni High got a soccer ball and $250 cash. Globe and Phoenix captain Tinashe Dube was named the Player of the tournament and got $100 cash and a set of headphones.
Family spokesperson, Tichaona Hwingwiri said the tournament was held in honour of their late father, Alois Zacharia Hwingwiri, who was the first black mayor of Kwekwe after independence.
He died in 1992 and was declared a provincial hero.
“We are celebrating the life of a humble person. we need to keep is good name going, as he changed the lives of many people in the community,” said Hwingwiri who is the Operating Director at Rainbow Tourism Group.