The three junior players, Solomon Solobala (10) from Chamisa United FC, Malvern Mudzuka (14) of Sisa Academy and Anesu Fensi (13) from Domboramwari High impressed during a five-day scouting programme from August 15 to 19 at Churchill High School.
Speaking to Standardsport last week, the players’ parents were pleased with the development and paid tribute to Minister Amos Midzi who made sure that the three players got travelling documents.
Minister Midzi paid US$759 for the three passports.
By end of day on Tuesday, the three passports were presented to WWS personnel who were supposed to take them to the Italian Embassy for visa processing.
Richard Solobala, the uncle to Simon said they were pleased that the kids had finally acquired their travelling documents.
He however, said he would have been happier with a situation whereby one parent also got the travelling document to enable them to travel with their kids.
“But due to lack of funding we have decided to have their coach travelling with the kids as their guardian,” Solobala said.
Also commenting on the latest development, Tatenda Mudzuka, who is the guardian to Malvern, said they were more than happy that the deal has finally materialised.
“We have been patient enough, but now things are shaping up. The kids have their travelling documents; it’s now left to the Italian Embassy to grant them visas,” Mudzuka said.
“The visa is going for US$84 for a week. We would have wanted to go with our kids but there is nothing that we can do because there is no funding. Their coach will be their guardian”.
The players were selected by AC Milan Junior Programme technical director, Fabrizio Bobbiesi and the event was attended by 1 500 children and 200 kids were chosen in the final list of the scouted players.
The 200 players will be placed in the WWS development Academy where they will have a chance to participate and qualify for many other opportunities, including playing in the 2012 AC Milan Continental tournament.
The three players will play with other children scouted from all over the world at AC Milan Junior camp. They will also have the opportunity to meet AC Milan players and watch the AC Milan team play in a home game in Milan.
WWS will meet their travelling, food and accommodation expenses for the five-day tour.