A clash of interest between premiership sides and division one teams has ensued over the scramble to woo uncontracted players who are training under the Footballers’ Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) programme.
Premiership coaches have cast their net wider to tap talent from the FUZ facilitated training programme.
More than 12 players realised their dreams when they were offered contracts by big clubs.
At face value, it looked like a pilot project to enrich the FUZ officials, but contrary to the assertion, some of the players landed themselves contracts after impressing the coaches who watched the players during their training programme in Harare.
Harare giants Dynamos, Caps United, Black Rhinos, Chicken Inn and ZIFA Northern Region Division One – bound Harare City led the scramble for the uncontracted players.
“We had to extend the out of contract training programme by a week after receiving positive enquiries for the players,” FUZ Secretary, Thomas Sweswe said.
Harare City coach, Mark Harrison wasted no time to lure Charles Chivaka in his quest to bring back the municipality owned side to topflight football.
Army side Black Rhinos went for Tatenda Makarure, while Chicken Inn settled for Stephen Matsanganise.
Dynamos coach, Llody Mutasa and Caps United’s Lloyd Chitembwe also invited some of the youngsters for trials.
Some of the players who caught the attention of coaches include Leeroy Munyorowi, Munyaradzi Kerevu, Lazarus Rundofa, Lloyd Majarira, Kumbiraishe Kapikinyu and Terrence Gumbo, among other players.
Other prominent coaches like Mark Mathe, Nesbert Saruchera and Arthur Tutani watched the players while another batch of coaches is set to grace the training programme which ends this Saturday.