Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports Reporter
REGISTRATION for the Shield-Chelsea football talent search to be held at Gifford High School in Bulawayo tomorrow will now close before the trials take place at the venue.
The search is meant to select a Zimbabwean footballer, who will make the Shield-Chelsea Africa XI squad to play against Chelsea Legends later this year.
The campaign is a result of a partnership between Shield, a Unilever brand and former English Premiership champions Chelsea.
The search is open to both male and female players between the ages of 18 and 25, who are not attached to any professional league.
“This is a dream come true for the young men and women who dare to chase their goals. I urge all youths in Bulawayo aged between 18 and 25 to come to Gifford High School on Saturday 19 May. We are still accepting entries for the competition,” said Susan Luneta, Shield Brand Manager.
“We want to give every youth a chance. Those who didn’t get the opportunity to enter via the SMS, WhatsApp and USSD platforms can come on the day of the trials. All they need to do is bring with them a Shield product as this will be a requirement to enter. Trials will start at 7am,” she said.
Former Warriors’ coach Callisto Pasuwa, veteran gaffer Cosmas “Tsano” Zulu, former national team player Alois Bunjira and ex-Dynamos midfielder Naison Muchekela will be in the city to identify 15 aspiring footballers for the programme.
Players identified from the Bulawayo search will join 15 other footballers from Harare for a boot camp from July 28-30. The 30 players will then be trained by Chelsea scouts, who will then identify the best player for the Africa XI side. — @ZililoR