The Shield-Chelsea talent search adventure has reached its climax following the arrival of Chelsea FC coaches headed by Laurence Griffin for the two days at Belgravia Sports Club with over 34 youngsters vying for a lifetime opportunity of flying to London England and playing against Chelsea Football Club legends.
The talent search which was unveiled in April is a result of the partnership between Shield, Unilever brand and former English Premier League champions Chelsea.
The initiative is sponsored by Unilever under the Shield deodorant brand and will see one lucky Zimbabwean getting a once in a lifetime opportunity of flying to London, England.
Some 34 outstanding youngsters were selected during the try-outs held in both Harare and Bulawayo.
The 34 member squad which has been in a week-long boot camp session will be assessed by three coaches Griffin, Steve O’Reilly and Freddie Myers from Chelsea FC in Harare and a final winner picked on Thursday the 26th of July (tomorrow).
“The initiative has been a success and we have had very successful trials. We were impressed by the levels of talent and enthusiasm we have seen here, now that the Chelsea coaches are here will see the final selection of the lucky talented youngster to go to Cobham,” said Shield brand manager Susan Luneta.
Griffin said; “We are excited to be here, we are looking forward to the next two days and finding out more about Zimbabwean football been very well received and our selection will go beyond the football pitch, we are looking for a rounded individual with different qualities such as the technical ability to pass, dribble, turn and shoot”.
The Chelsea coaches have been to Nigeria and Ghana which are also part of the campaign.
Four local football coaches namely Cosmas ‘Tsano’ Zulu, Kalisto Pasuwa, Naison Muchekela and Alois Bunjira oversaw the selection process and have been working with the players to ensure they meet the expectations of the visiting Chelsea coaches.