Former Air Zimbabwe and Caps United player, Innocent ‘Marobber’ Mugabe is running a successful junior football academy at Tashinga Primary School in Mabvuku.
Mugabe, now based in the UK, is making a difference by giving back to his community through the academy that is offering Mabvuku youths an opportunity to study and play football.
Named after his late father, Bob Joe Mugabe, the BJM Academy has an enrolment of 90 players from the Mabvuku community and is providing the kids with an opportunity to express themselves through football.
Eight players from the academy have been given academic scholarships by Chinhoyi High School, two of them have since been selected to represent Mashonaland West U-20 soccer team and hoping to make it into the final 18 of the national U-20 team scheduled to tour France this December.
16-year-old Ronald Master from the academy was part of the Zimbabwe Coca-Cola NASH team that toured Durban, South Africa recently.
The academy has also seen four other boys given scholarships by former Coca-Cola champions, Chemhanza High School.
The academy’s under 18 team won the Harare Province Junior B League for two years in a row despite being formed just three ago.
Despite the challenge of limited resources, the academy believes that the sky is the limit for the talented youths who could soon be plying their trade in some of the top clubs and leagues.