Glen Norah community embraces Futsal

The Glen Norah community has welcomed a move by UK-based Zimbabwean football coach Philip Zulu and his partner, Desire Mbidzo, to launch the Eagles Futsal Academy.

Philip Zulu
Philip Zulu

In the last few months, Zulu and Mbidzo have been moving around suburbs like Highfield, Mufakose and Mbare, introducing futsal for the first time in the country through training sessions ahead of the official launch of the academy.

“Our community has been longing for innovative initiatives like this one, which prepares our children for a better future,” said Cynthia Madanhire, whose nine year-old son plays for one of the teams.

“Since I was born I have seen young boys play street football, but this futsal football has impressed me more. There are a lot of new things I didn’t understand, but it helps youngsters be very quick in thinking while on and off the ball during sessions. With such a mentality, our children will make it into bigger leagues as they would have under gone an innovative preparation on their way up.”

Thomas Nare, an avid football follower and local community leader, applauded Zulu and Mbidzo. “The academy is good starting point for the country, not only our community. We need to embrace and support this initiative and assist the people behind it,” said Nare.

Zulu said the academy was a response to the needs of the local community. “We have been inundated by requests from different people and schools for us to involve ourselves in sports and community development,” he said. “Our launch of the Super Eagles Futsal Academy is in line with the work that we have done in England – developing junior football under the same banner. Super Eagles FC has been a source of inspiration to many Zimbabwean youngsters and other diverse communities in England since we started in 2004.

“We are proud to work with the likes Desire Mbidzo as one of the coaches. He has been heavily involved with our predecessor team that folded a few seasons ago – Highfield Chiefs FC, which he guided from the third to the second division. Our coaching modules are all based on basic technical development at the earliest stages, with a special emphasis on the individual learning process on technique, quick feet, agility, movement, skill and creativity,” said Zulu.

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