The Sunday Mail
IT was match Day 5 in the Under-21 Challenge Football League but there is no doubting the man hogging the limelight is Legends Academy striker Douglas Mapfumo.
Mapfumo is developing into a free scoring striker after he found the target four times yesterday to inspire Legends to a 5-1 rout of Galaxy at Hellenic Sports Club.
The tall forward took his tally to 10 goals in five matches while Legends got their other goal from the boot of Shawn Chagamoko in a match in which Galaxy struggled to cope with the pace of their opponents. Galaxy got their consolation from a penalty by Colby Gora.
In an earlier game Eagles fell 2-0 to Sportsvale with promising striker Tashinga Maramwidze grabbing a brace and taking his tally to four goals in as many matches.
There was an impressive display too from Prosper Ngwerume in midfield
The league which also prepares the young players for professional careers by providing life-skills seminars had Zimbabwean legend Kennedy Nagoli as a guest speaker last week.
As a player who played in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil and Europe, Nagoli gave the boys a lecture on what to expect in a professional football career.
“We need former players to share their advice and experiences with young players to mentally equip them.” said Kudzi Pikitai who coordinates the life-skills program.
“This week we have focused on goal setting and how to achieve those goals.”
The CFL program seems to be bearing fruit as the young players have been exposed to more game time.
Just last weekend their Select side y had showdown with the visiting Team Zimbabwe UK on Sunday, a day after completing their league matches on Saturday.
That match ended 1-1 at the National Sports Stadium.