The Sunday Mail
A packed Mabvuku Stadium reverberated as a group of talented youths from MAJESA showcased their talent on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
The academy, which is arguably one the best football nurseries in the country, played a select side from Mabvuku.
The match was organised by the Scott Foundation that is run by businessman and Harare Ward 21 councillor Scott Sakupwanya.
Despite losing 1-2 against their experienced opponents, MAJESA, who fielded their Under-19 team, won the hearts of many supporters.
Former DStv Rangers striker Regis Dongo scored a double for the select side, while exciting attacking midfielder Keith Muzengezi netted for MAJESA.
The academy won the inaugural Marvelous Nakamba Foundation Under-17 tournament, which was held in Bulawayo last year.
Their defensive linkman Prosper “Kante” Padera was identified by scouts invited by Nakamba and has had a number of trials lined up for him in Turkey and other European countries.
MAJESA coach Samson Kabwe was naturally impressed by his charges.
“We didn’t come to Mabvuku to win; we came to play football.
“This was a good opportunity for our boys to showcase their talent, so we want to thank the organisers, the Scott Foundation, for giving us this platform,” Kabwe said.
Several talented upcoming footballers such as Norest Mazemu, Nigel Musamba, Leon Mukonya and left-footed 15-year-old Edmore Kanyangu were on display.
“Kanyangu only turns 16 this year, but his performance on Sunday was top-notch.
“He was our man of the match. He is one to watch out for,” added Kabwe.
MAJESA owner Charles Chave thanked Sakupwanya for “ensuring that talented youths are given an opportunity to market themselves”.
“We can’t do it alone,” said Chave.
“We have been trying our best, but we also need support either from the corporate world or Government.
“Our project is not about Mutare- or Manicaland-based players only; we have gone national.
“We have a player we scouted in Mabvuku some time back who played on Sunday.”
Sakupwanya hinted he might support the academy.
“They (MAJESA) are a very good project and as a businessman and politician, I appreciate it a lot when youths are given a chance in life,” he said.
“That is why we have been arranging these games in Mabvuku. We want to harness all the football talent here and save these youths from drug abuse.
“Youths deserve a better future and we are making sure we lay the foundation.”