athlets.jpgThe national head in charge of soccer at primary school level, Clever Charles Mtetwa, has emphasized the need to set up junior national teams of different age groups if Zimbabwean soccer is to flourish at senior level.

 

Mr Mtetwa, says the recently held NAPH national finals in Bulawayo culminated in the selection of an under 14 national team, which should be the norm for other junior age groups if success at senior level is to be attained.

 

“We’ve come up with a national under 14 team of 18 players. It’s important to develop the players so that they graduate into the under 15 team next year, before the progression culminates in the under 17 team and so on,” said Mr Mtetwa.

 

Mtetwa said it’s also imperative for the ZIFA village to be fully utilized by junior players, especially during the holidays to keep development in motion.

 

“The ZIFA village needs to house the young players during vacations so that they get practice and are fit right through the year.”

The absence of junior national teams has been a great cause for concern for many years since they act as feeders for the senior sides.

 

Maintaining junior national teams will ensure a natural progression from one age group to another, which will be key in coming up with a very competitive senior national team.