Masango inspires youths

Former Zimbabwean international player, Butler Masango, has been investing in the next generation of footballers in his role as coach at the Little Legends Foundation in Randburg.

Butler Masango shows young footballers how it’s done at the Little Leagues Foundation in Randburg.
Butler Masango shows young footballers how it’s done at the Little Leagues Foundation in Randburg.

He devotes much of his time to the youngsters playing in the U-14 Rand Central League, saying that junior players are very easier to work with as they always listen and work according to the instruction.

“I’m currently working with Little Legends Foundation where we integrate and evaluate kids from various backgrounds and unite them with soccer. I spend most of my time with these young players as I want the best out of them and they are very easy to work with,” said Masango.

Butler envisages a bright future for the youngsters, but his dream is to set up a soccer academy in his homeland which will also focus on general life principles.

“I’m planning to go back home and set up a soccer academy. I want to teach youngsters life skills and coach them. We don’t just want them to be better footballers, but also better human beings so they can change the communities they live in. I partnered with Mushangazhike to invest in the young players in Zimbabwe so they can realize their dream of becoming the next generation of Zimbabwean soccer stars,” added Masango.

Masango believes he has a lot to offer junior players in the country.

“My greatest wish is to coach young players in the national set up. If Methembe Ndlovu can coach Young Warriors, why can’t I? I have just got a coaching Certificate from the Royal Netherlands Football Association on youth football development. I am readily available for duty, and I will definitely develop good talent for the country.”

Masango also works with club-less players, helping them to stay physically fit and training them in technical areas and tactical awareness before recommending them to clubs that might be interested in them.

Masango started his career with Rufaro Rovers when they made it into the Premiership. He played three seasons for Rufaro Rovers where he was also the team’s skipper before being lured by Black Aces in 1997. He scored most club goals and became the country’s top goal scorer.

Overseas he played in Poland for Lech Poznan, Kps Konin and in Vietnam he played for Huda Huei. He is also a member of the famous U-23 team which played in the 95 All Africa Games and 96 Olympics qualifiers alongside Gilbert Mushangazhike, Methembe Ndlovu, Gift Muzadzi, Alois Bunjira, Edelbert Dinha, Elasto Lungu, Abel and Cain Muteji. He also rubbed shoulders with Zimbabwe’s greatest players like George Mudiwa, Tonderai Mutambikwa, the late Shingi Alron, Tostao Kwashi, Godfrey Paradza, Jonh Tasanangurwa, and the late Stanley Sanyati. He also played against Nigeria’s world class players like Jay Jay Okocha, Nwanko kanu, Taribo West, Tijani Babangida and Victor Ikpeba in the Olympic qualifiers where they lost 1-nil and won a silver medal in the All Africa Games in Harare 1995.

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