TALEN Vision Academy trio of Kudzie Dzingwe, Melusi Ncube and Spencer Sikhosana have missed an opportunity to try their luck in Germany because of failure to secure a good visa application window, B-Metro Sport has learnt.
The three players were due to begin trials on 18 November in Hamburg but could not secure dates for visa applications at the German Embassy.
Ncube was booked to get his turn to apply for the visa on 14 November, a day before scheduled arrival while Dzingwe’s turn was 25 November coincidentally the return date.
“It is a learning curve for us and our partners. In future we will be in a better position as German visa applications need at least three months, having put our bids last week it was impossible to get joy.
“The trip was through our friends in the diaspora Zenzo Ndlovu of Soccer4Life and Young Talent Sports Academy who would have afforded the lads an opportunity to train at some lower division clubs before coaches and talent scouts from around the world.
Bernd Wulffen commands a lot of respect with his multi-sport agency. Dzingwe is the first team coach right back, Spencer and Melusi are with our FC Academy in the Zifa Mat South Div Two League,” said Talen Vision public relations officer Lovemore Dube.
In 2017 they had six players going to Slovakia.
Meanwhile, local football fans in Esigodini got a rare treat when Zifa Matabeleland South Division Two log leaders Habane Pirates did battle against second-placed Talen Vision Academy in an encounter that was played at a packed and heaving Mpelela Stadium.
The match ended one-all and the development saw the Archford Hlazo-coached Habane Pirates, formerly known as Habane Sharks, take their points tally to 50 points. The boys from Esigodini have only tasted defeat once in 21 league matches this season, that 2-1 loss suffered at the hands of Talen Vision Academy.
On the other hand, TV Academy, who are under the guidance of Xolani “Skweya” Nkundlande have not lost any of the 20 matches they have played, with 13 wins and seven draws for a total of 46 points.
Despite last weekend’s result, both teams are headed to the Zifa Central Region Division One League next season.