Surestream Football Academy has assured youngsters from the surounding Chilomoni Township that they will be considered for trials at the entity.
The academy’s technical director Peter Mponda made the assurance during the crowning of Tchaga FC as inaugural champions of the Ann Mlelemba U-14 Football Trophy at the academy’s stadium.
“This academy is an entity for grooming soccer stars from all corners of the country. However, this does not mean we will ignore the talent we have in Chilomoni. Today, I have seen a number of potential players who can be roped into our fold but only need to wait for the right time to do that,” said Mponda, who is also former Flames captain.
The plea came from Mlelemba, who sponsored the six-team K50 000 tournament alongside Andrew Mwadala.
She said she deliberately organised the contest to show Surestream that the township has a lot of talented youths that need to make it into the academy, which is in their backyard.
Mlelemba said: “The township has a lot of talent that deserve places in the academy’s soccer teams.”
Tchaga FC lifted the trophy after taking their tally to seven points from three games with a 2-2 draw against fourth-placed Mancaster United on the day. Kachimanga FC finished as runners-up with six-points whereas Young Rangers took the third slot on three points.
On individual awards, Tchaka’s captain Khama Koloviko emerged as top scorer with eight goals in three games. Kachimanga’s Upile Shuga became the best player of the tournament. n