Marvelous Nakamba Foundation Launches Youth Soccer Tournament

By: KHODED KING / June 17, 2022 / 17

Marvelous Nakamba Foundation Launches Youth Soccer Tournament

The Marvelous Nakamba Foundation (MNF) on Thursday launched the national Under-17 annual youth soccer tournament at a function held in Harare.

The two-day tournament, which will bring together the best local junior football talent in the country, is going to be staged at White City Stadium in Bulawayo on June 25-26.

Highlanders, Dynamos, Njube Spurs, Hwange Dynamo, Albun Academy, Bulawayo City, Ajax Hot Spurs and Chicken Inn are set to take part in the historic tournament.

The Aston Villa midfielder is sponsoring the tournament through his foundation.

The MNF, which is chaired by Nakamba’s father, Antony, also pays fees for over 1 000 school children across Zimbabwe, under its Education Assistance Plan (EAP). Said Nakamba:

Grassroots football is very important for the survival of the game. We all came through the system and we benefited because we were afforded the chance at an early stage.

Henceforth, it is befitting that we continue with the tradition of supporting grassroots sport.

Marvelous Nakamba’s journey

Nakamba is an example of how a sound football developmental system can nurture future footballers.

After graduating from Bantu Academy, Nakamba moved to Nancy of France in 2012.

He impressed at Nancy and earned a contract with Netherland top-flight side Vitesse in 2014.

Nakamba spent three years at Vitesse and won the KNVB Beker Cup, the equivalent of the English FA Cup.

Belgium giants Club Brugge snapped the midfielder in 2017 and Nakamba went on to feature in the prestigious UEFA Champions League, where he attracted global attention.

He signed for English Premier League side Aston Villa in 2019 and is now an integral part of Steven Gerrard’s squad.

Nakamba is the only Zimbabwean player to win major Cups in two different European leagues.

He won the Belgian Cup with Club Brugge in 2016 and the KNVB Beker Cup with Dutch side Vitesse in 2017.

Nakamba’s presence at the MNF tournament is expected to inspire scores of budding footballers who will battle for honours in the City of Kings next weekend.

Foreign scouts are also expected to grace the event.

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