Fungai Muderere, Senior Sports Reporter
FOR the second time in a month, ambitious Southern Region Division One side Talen Vision handed out 100 food hampers to players in their Under-13, 15, 17 and Division Three outfits in Bulawayo’s high-density suburb of Nkulumane on Thursday.
The development which is meant to cushion the youngsters and their respective families against the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic saw each recipient get a food hamper comprising 10kgs mealie-meal, 2kgs of sugar, 2kgs of rice, 750 millilitres of cooking oil, 500 grammes of sugar beans, 1kg salt and 100g of soya chunks.
In that regard, Zifa Southern Region administrator Augustine Moyo said by helping, the club had in the process upheld the true spirit of Ubuntu.
“As an association and Bulawayo province we say this is a job well done. The negative effects of Covid-19 are being felt everywhere and we would want to thank the Talen Vision family for upholding the true spirit of Ubuntu. It’s good to see that with their sponsors they continued to realise the importance of giving back to the community. We wish to see other local clubs engage in such initiatives that cultivate a culture of loyalty and a sense of belonging to these young players,” said Ndlovu.
Talen Vision manager Juma Phiri who doubles up as the team’s spokesperson said they would not tire of cushioning members of their feeder sides.
“We have thought of continuing giving these food hampers to our developmental sides’ players. We will not tire of doing so because a number of families are still feeling the negative effects of Covid-19.
We may not be giving them much but we are grateful that our club sponsors have seen the need to keep on supporting the young players with such a noble idea. The ball is now in the players’ court. They should remain patient and highly consider to keep fit,” said Phiri.
Club patron Otrick Siziba, a former junior clubs sponsor, also gave kudos to Talen Vision sponsors challenging the youngsters to stay away from mischievous elements.
“These are trying times but there is no need for these young players to roam around the streets aimlessly. An idle mind is very dangerous. These young boys should consider staying positive and shun mischievous elements. They should continue valuing the precious gift of life and football which they can now pursue as a fulltime career,” said Siziba.
While most of their Southern Region Division One counterparts are struggling to remunerate players and coaches due to the Covid-19 lockdown inactivity, Talen Vision first team players and coaches have been receiving their monthly salaries.
Last season, Talen Vision players got training allowances.