Mpofu captains US side

Zimbabwean teenage star Ackim Mpofu said he was honoured to be selected to captain his United States-based academy.

The former Highlanders striker broke new ground recently when he was named skipper of Cushing Academy. “It means a lot to me. I have captained many teams before, but to come from Zimbabwe and have a coach realise that I have leadership qualities just makes me feel good,” said the 18-year-old.

The appointment of the player, who has previously captained his country’s Youth Olympic Football team, coincided with the Crushing Academy team hitting form.

“My team-mates and I had a good start to the season, losing two games, winning five and having one draw. Unfortunately, I pulled a thigh muscle a few days ago, but I am good now and pretty positive about the future,” said Mpofu, in his final season at Massachusetts-based academy.

Mpofu has been a revelation since he joined the academy early last year. In his debut season, the former St. Columbus star raked-in some accolades that included the Most Offensive Player for his 15 goals and 12 assists in 17 games.

He was also drafted into both the New England Schools Junior All Star team and the overall All Star Team. The utility player, who captained Zimbabwe at the 2010 Youth Olympic Football Tournament, joined a list of former Highlanders players that have made a mark in the United States and harbours hopes of following in the footsteps of Methembe Ndlovu, Thulani Ncube and Mkhokheli Dube by turning professional.

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