ORGANISERS of the Marvelous Nakamba Foundation (MNF) Invitational Under 17 tournament set for White City Stadium on Saturday and Sunday have revealed that there will be no prizes for the participating teams as their mere participation in the event will bring fond memories.
Eight teams comprising Highlanders, Njube Spurs, Dynamos, Hwange Dynamo, Majesa Academy, Chicken Inn, Bulawayo City, Hwange Academy and Ajax Hotspurs will take part in the inaugural tournament.
“There will be no prizes for the participating teams but there will be lots of surprises. We saw it prudent not to put these budding stars under pressure. They need to enjoy their game after being invited to take part from a large pool of junior teams around the country. It’s a tournament meant to create memories for the youngsters and at the end of the day everyone should come out a winner,” said tournament director Nduduzo Sibanda.
Highlanders were drawn in the same group as Njube Spurs, Dynamos and Majesa Academy while the other group has Chicken Inn, Bulawayo City, Ajax Hotspurs as well as Hwange Dynamo.
Nakamba, an Aston Villa midfielder, underscored the importance of grassroots football.
“Grassroots football is a very important part of the survival of football, we have all come through the system of being afforded chances at an early stage and it’s befitting that we continue the tradition of supporting grassroots sports,” said the Zimbabwe international.