Sikhumbuzo Moyo, Senior Sports Reporter
JUNIOR football resumption in Bulawayo remains a pipedream after only Zifa registered academies were greenlighted by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) to start training in preparation for league games.
There are 39 registered academies in Zimbabwe, but only Bantu Rovers Academy is based in Bulawayo, with a majority located in Harare.
The Bulawayo academy is run by Wilbert Sibanda.
The thumbs up was given on Tuesday.
“All academies that are registered with Zifa have been cleared to start training,” said Zifa communications and competitions manager Xolisani Gwesela.
Ellita Nengomasha, the SRC director of marketing and business development also confirmed to Chronicle Sport that the country’s supreme sports body had cleared football academies to resume training ‘as part of the gradual resumption of football in the country’.
Gwesela said those not on the list of approved academies either chose not to register or are not in good standing in terms of academy registration criteria.
Academies given permission to start activity
Eagles Academy, Sports Vale Academy, Friendly Academy, Harare Elite
Junior Academy, Kotwa Academy, Aces Youth Soccer Academy, GPC
Academy, GG academy, Football Academy Trust, Jimise Football
Academy, FC Dutch Academy, Legends Academy, Zengeza Academy, Six
Stars, Effen Burg 16. Glenview, LaSakubva, Brigma Academy, Bantu
Rovers Academy, Elite Academy, Real Saints Academy, Regis Dzenga,
Green Arrows Academy, Real Sign Academy, Alpha Soccer, DK Sharks
Academy, Chipaz Youth Academy, City Football Academy, Betis Academy,
Green Light Academy, BN Academy, Polier Youth Academy, Kadewere
Academy, Centre for Football Excellence Academy, Majesa, PE Academy
Galaxy Academy, Cffe Academy, Legends Sports Development Academy