Junior football players challenged

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Junior football players challenged Allan “Ripper” Mpofu

B-Metro

Fungai Muderere
AT a time when primary and secondary school going children dominate the number of fitness freaks that usually go out for outdoor activities in Bulawayo, Zifa Bulawayo province vice chairman, Allan “Ripper” Mpofu has challenged young footballers to also consider sharpening their skills while at their respective homes.

Against a background of the Covid-19 pandemic that has delayed local schools’ opening for the second term, Mpofu said it was a pity to note that academic institutions and learners alike were feeling the pinch as ball games would have been in full swing with football crazy pupils exhibiting their skills countrywide.

“It’s disheartening to note that Covid-19 induced schools opening delay for the second term has negatively impacted on academic institutions’ ball games, chief among them being football.

However, it has been encouraging to see school going children going for outdoor workouts in this cold weather.

“As such, I would like to encourage the football crazy learners to also greatly consider sharpening their football skills. This has to be done responsibly by either playing football individually (individual skills or fitness activities) or the youngsters can also play football with their family or other people living in your household. From a club perspective, individual ball work is greatly encouraged,” said Mpofu.

He was quick to take a dig at youths who have been engaging in street football where they casually shake hands with no care about keeping the recommended two-metre distance from each other.

Youths have been seen playing street soccer in Nkulumane, Tshabalala, Emakhandeni, Old Lobengula, Cowdray Park, Iminyela, Pelandaba and Mabutweni among other high-density suburbs in Bulawayo.

“Street football matches, they say, have been one the major forms of entertainment for youths during this indefinite national lockdown period but that is not encouraged and it cannot be tolerated. That’s a great sign of irresponsibility which becomes counterproductive to the country’s fight against Covid-19. The risk is not worth it and as opposed to playing street football in the neighbourhoods the youngsters should remain safe. It’s everyone’s responsibility to curb the spread of the coronavirus,” Mpofu said.

However, it has been encouraging to see school going children going for outdoor workouts in this cold weather.

“As such, I would like to encourage the football crazy learners to also greatly consider sharpening their football skills. This has to be done responsibly by either playing football individually (individual skills or fitness activities) or the youngsters can also play football with their family or other people living in your household. From a club perspective, individual ball work is greatly encouraged,” said Mpofu.

He was quick to take a dig at youths who have been engaging in street football where they casually shake hands with no care about keeping the recommended two-metre distance from each other.

Youths have been seen playing street soccer in Nkulumane, Tshabalala, Emakhandeni, Old Lobengula, Cowdray Park, Iminyela, Pelandaba and Mabutweni among other high-density suburbs in Bulawayo.

“Street football matches, they say, have been one the major forms of entertainment for youths during this indefinite national lockdown period but that is not encouraged and it cannot be tolerated. That’s a great sign of irresponsibility which becomes counterproductive to the country’s fight against Covid-19. The risk is not worth it and as opposed to playing street football in the neighbourhoods the youngsters should remain safe. It’s everyone’s responsibility to curb the spread of the coronavirus,” Mpofu said.

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