The Harare Province Junior Football League will this weekend stage the second edition of the annual Under-13 football tournament at Prince Edward High School.
By Our Staff
Sixteen teams from various Harare suburbs are expected to take part in the two-day event that is set to bring together the crème de la crème of junior football in the province.
Cyprian Jaji, the HPJFL acting chairman confirmed the tournament to Standardsport.
“We have an Under-13 tournament that we are going to undertake on August 8 and 9. We are going to have 16 teams all from Harare Province. There will be teams from Mabvuku-Tafara, Kuwadzana, Highfield, Mbare, Dzivarasekwa and Chitungwiza among others,” said Jaji.
“Our motive as Harare Province in hosting these junior tournaments is to nurture children from communities for the early stages of their football careers, as well as to help parents nurture the talent and potential in their children.
“Last year we discovered a lot of talent among children who played football just for fun. Some of them are turning out to be players with potential to make it really big as footballers,” he added.
Some of the kids who will compete come from top clubs in the country such as Dynamos, Black Rhinos, CAPS United, Harare City, Yadah Gunners, Aces Youth Academy and Friendly Academy, to name but a few.
While the HPJFL is yet to attract a corporate sponsor, the association has managed to put together prizes for the winners, as well as individual accolades ranging from training kits, floating trophies and medals.