The Zimbabwe Junior Football League has promised to organize more junior tournaments in the next weeks following the success of the first ever Under 14 tournament.
The under 14 national soccer tournament that was held at Gwanzura Stadium some nine days ago culminated in the selection of a provisional squad of 52 players from the countryâ€™s ten provinces.
The interim squad is expected to go into camp in the coming weeks as the Zimbabwe Junior Football League intensifies efforts to come up with a strong Zimbabwe Under 14 team that will act as a feeder into the other junior national teams.
Zimbabwe Junior Football League Secretary General, Lloyd Chigove, said plans are afoot to set up other junior national teams in the impending weeks to ensure continuity, which is a fundamental aspect in the establishment of a competitive senior national team.
â€œWeâ€™re working hand in hand with Peter Ndlovu and Edzayi Kasinauyo in the VW junior tournament coming up in 2 or 3 weeks, where we want to select an under 12 team. We will start with provincial tournaments before the staging of the national selection competition.
“After that in April weâ€™ll be starting the selection process to put in place an under 17 national team. Itâ€™s very important because its the only way we can ensure continuity in football development,â€ said Chigove.
The absence of junior national soccer teams has for long been the missing link in Zimbabweâ€™s endeavour to assemble a strong and resilient senior national team possessing the capacity to stand the heat in navigating the treacherous terrain associated with international football.
The efforts by the Zimbabwe Junior Football League are seen as essential steps in ensuring continuity from the junior ranks, which will culminate in a competitive future senior national team.