BULAWAYO giants Highlanders will hold trials to beef up their junior squads this week as the club moves to revive and strengthen its once mighty junior policy.
The trials are targeting Under-14s, Under-16s and Under-18s but the emphasis will be on Under-14s.
The trials will be conducted by juniors’ coach Gift Lunga Junior and the senior team’s interim technical advisor Cosmas Zulu at the clubhouse tomorrow and Sunday.
Highlanders’ chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede said the trials were in line with maintaining the club’s junior policy reputation.
“We will have pre-season trials as is our norm and we urge every youngster to come. However, our preference will be the Under-14s, who lost most of their players to the Under-16 side. The reason we are doing this is to thwart those who have a tendency of claiming our players as theirs,” said Gumede.
Highlanders have of late been investing in their juniors and their development side was promoted into the Zifa Southern Region Division One at the end of last season.
Gumede said there won’t be trials for the Division One side as available gaps there will be filled by players dropped from the senior squad.
“Our Division One side has only five gaps left to fill, but we will not be looking for any new faces as we will take those players who will have failed to impress in the first team,” said Gumede.