Nakamba facilitates Euro trials for local starlets

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Marvelous Nakamba of Aston Villa controls the ball during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe international midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has revealed that two players who excelled during the inaugural edition of the Marvelous Nakamba Foundation (MNF) Under-17 football tournament will attend trials at yet-to-be-named European clubs.

Mutare-based Majesa Academy were crowned the winners of the inaugural MNF Under-17 football tournament after beating Highlanders 2-1 in the final at White City Stadium in Bulawayo in June.

Nakamba, who plays for Premier League side Aston Villa, revealed through his foundation that they will be facilitating a trial stint in Europe for two players who excelled during the inaugural tournament.

“The foundation takes this opportunity to announce that two of our outstanding Under-17 players who participated in the boys’ tourney in June will attend trials in Europe. More information regards to this trip will be shared soon,” MNF said in a statement yesterday.
MNF made the announcement while confirming the postponement of the inaugural MNF girls’ Soccer Tournament to next month due to ongoing efforts to raise enough resources for the tournament.

“The Marvelous Nakamba Foundation hereby advises all its valued stakeholders that the first edition of the MN Girls’ Tournament has been rescheduled to January 2023. The postponement was necessitated by the need to mobilise more resources towards the tournament. As the foundation will look forward to an exciting edition in 2023,” the foundation said.

Majesa Academy won the inaugural Marvelous Nakamba Invitational Under-17 tournament in June after a 2-1 victory over Highlanders

The tournament will consist of eight teams drawn from four of Zimbabwe’s women football league.

“The Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League has selected and submitted the participating teams that will be unveiled via the foundation’s social media platforms in due course together with dates and tournament venue,” read a statement from the foundation.

Nakamba, who is currently in Dubai with his side ahead of the Premier League’s resumption after the World Cup, said he was excited to contribute towards the growth of girls’ football in the country through the upcoming tournament.

“In January we get to support the girl child. I’m thrilled to be a part of the growth of girls’ football in Zimbabwe,” he said.

MNF was established in 2019, as a way of giving back to the community using the power of sport and education.

To date the foundation has paid school fees for over 1 500 pupils countrywide and is in the process of constructing the Nakamba Sports Complex, among other projects.


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