Magwegwe Pirates in the red

Magwegwe Pirates, a youth football club here, have hit hard times that threaten their bid to implement grassroots soccer developmental programmes.

Farai Mujokoro
Farai Mujokoro

“Our efforts have been thrown into disarray by the financial position we are in,” said club spokesman, Farai Mujokoro, who is also the director of coaching.

“We are in a desperate situation and might be forced to fold if no meaningful sponsorship comes our way within the next few months. The youngsters we have here are promising, but their dreams may be shattered,” said the former Amazulu and Highlanders midfield star.

“I have used my own money to try and keep this project afloat since I started it last year, but I am no longer that financially strong myself. It is the need to see these gifted future footballers realize their dream of becoming what I was in my heydays that has kept me holding on.

“My biggest appeal to the corporate world is that, here are talented young footballers who want to live their lives off the streets and away from crime, so come forward and help us grant them their wish; let us make their dreams come true. They are your children; make them look back and feel proud of you one day.”

Mujokoro was forced out of the game in 2009, when he suffered a number of recurrent injuries while playing in Botswana. He immediately returned to Zimbabwe to take up a role as coach of Midlands-based First Division side, Gokwe FC.

“I love soccer and when the injuries struck, I decided I should continue my involvement with the game on a different role. I started coaching Gokwe in 2010 and helped the side finish in third position in the league that same season, but I later decided I should start my own project that would give me a leeway to implement what I believe would be right for the juniours. A coach’s life is always limited to satisfying his owners and that can lead to him sacrificing player development on the altar of getting quick results,” he said.

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