BANTU Rovers Academy will for the first time in its history recruit girls at trials set for tomorrow at Crescent Sports Club in Bulawayo.
The trials are strictly for Under-19 boys and girls.
Academy director Methembe Ndlovu said Rovers, who have been known for grooming boys, have decided to expand by setting up a girls’ category.
“We feel the academy should cater for everyone and present opportunities for both boys and girls; that’s why we have invited girls to attend trials. We know it will take a while to set up girls’ teams, but everyone is confident it will go according to plan,” said Ndlovu.
“As a person who worked with girls when I was in the United States before I returned home in 2005, I believe that experience will come in handy in identifying, nurturing and developing them. We want them to have equal opportunities like boys in all aspects, which includes even facilitation of scholarships,” he said.
Ndlovu said those that wish to attend trials must bring an original copy of their birth certificate and football kit, which includes soccer boots and water bottle.
Ndlovu will conduct the trials alongside former national team striker Agent Sawu, revered youth development coach Dumaza Dube and Khanyile Dlamini.
According to the academy brochure, they intend to develop youngsters’ technical and tactical skills to enable them to realise their full potential.
Besides scholarships and professional placements, Bantu Rovers Academy will work on character development, which will include being responsible, work ethic, sportsmanship and teamwork
Youngsters shortlisted for the academy will have opportunities to play competitive matches as well as participate in tournaments in and outside Zimbabwe.