Sprouting seek CAPS Utd partnership

Tadious Manyepo Sports Reporter
AFTER loaning two of the team’s gems, Clive Rupiya and Pride Zivengwa to CAPS United, Sprouting director Calvin Nyazema has initiated the process for his academy to partner the Green Machine.

Both ZIFA and PSL have been preaching a gospel of club licensing, calling on the top-flight teams to have vibrant junior policies.

Only champions FC Platinum, Harare City, Herentals, Highlanders have been doing well on that front.

But, for CAPS United, the issue could be addressed soon if they agree a deal with Sprouting.

Nyazema’s men play in Division Two and have produced a number of players who have done well in the game.

The likes of Baroka speedy winger Talent Chawapihwa, the FC Platinum midfield duo of Devon Chafa and Farai Madhananga, as well as Eric Chipeta, were all nurtured at the Mbare-based academy.

Now, they have unleashed promising players like Rupiya, Ziwengwa and Pride Siziba who has signed for CAPS United’s eternal rivals Dynamos.

Siziba could also be joined by Pride Taderera at the Glamour Boys if the latter impresses coach Lloyd Chigowe in the ongoing trials.

“As Sprouting, we have produced a number of stars who have made names for themselves in the top-flight league as well as outside the country,’’ said Nyazema.

“We are an academy, whose main thrust is complete the development of players both from a technical and tactical aspect of the game.

“Our main mission is to see a player growing to become a professional and be someone we can also be proud to say he came through our ranks.

“We are seeking to partner CAPS United so that when our players reach a certain age, and certain level of development, they can quickly join a professional set-up.”

Rupiya joins Lloyd Chitembwe’s team on the back of a successful Premiership debut with Chapungu last season where he was on a season-long loan.

Zivengwa helped oil Central Region Division One outfit Telone’s successful campaign for promotion.

He was voted the team’s Player of the Year and was also the Central Region’s Soccer Star of the Year first runner-up.

Source : The Herald

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