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Marvelous Nakamba Foundation Launches Youth Soccer Tournament

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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Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 weeks ago

@ Nakamba, if your grass roots are in Hwange you should have the tournament there to make your roots have you to show.

If you started playing soccer ku roots 😂 people hate the word 🤑 when you larger than life go back where it al started kwete kushandisiwa nema promoters urgents for personal gains hanzi zvimakete.
its not about market but giving back to to dust that made you be 😀 jus kidding hangu Nakamba ita zvawada...

Jah Tsvarie 2 weeks ago

Mune kamwe kakusanzwisisa comrade and i think zvokonzereswa nekutaura pese pese, dzimwe time munofana kunyarara cuz pamwe pacho munozvinyadzisa nekutaura pamaifanirwa kunyarara henyu. Isu kuno kubuhera vana vakatouya kutorwa nema academy kotamba bhora ku nakamba tourney the tournament is national

Jinn 2 weeks ago

I directly benefited from the Zifa corruption🥺

Jinn 2 weeks ago

I mean every mess

Jinn 2 weeks ago

@Jinn(ZanuMoron)stop using my name B.I.T.C.H,Zanu Pf is to blame in everything in this country.

ZANU PF 2 weeks ago

@Jinn iwe usapusa pazera rawava apa you don't know that everything you see in this world zvinoitwa nevanhu is controlled by politics? and stop blaming ZANU PF for kusarongeka kweZIFA.

Jinn 2 weeks ago

@Zanu Pf forever stop mixing sports with politics,remember Zanu Pf is the reason why Fifa banned our national team.This is nonsense you are killing the beautiful game


Zanu Pf forever 2 weeks ago

we as zanu pf we want congratulate our patriotic footballer arikuita zvinhu zvakanakisa ,
vote zanu pf

it's football 2 weeks ago

hamuna kunyatso verenga zvakanaka mkuru re-rerun.

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