The Shield-Chelsea football talent search, which will see one lucky player getting a once in a life time opportunity of flying to London to train with Chelsea legends, is now reaching its climax with the 35 shortlisted players getting into a one week football boot camp where the winner will be selected.
The players will camp at Mandel Training from Friday 20 July to Friday 27 July while they train at Belgravia Sports Club.
The lucky player will get to train at a world-class training ground and get to play against Chelsea legends.
“Not only is it about picking a representative from Zimbabwe for the Africa XI team, but it is also about inspiring confidence, hard work and teaching dedication to all the participants.
“We want all the players attending the boot camp to leave with the memorable experience of having gained valuable football skills that will take their football aspirations a step further as they continue to pursue their dreams
“The camp will also teach the participants to be exemplary members of society as they interact with each other” said Susan Luneta, Shield Brand Manager.
While in camp, the players will get the opportunity to hone their footballs skills under the tutelage of four local football coaches, who include former Warriors coach, Kalisto Pasuwa, former Highlanders Coach, Cosmas ‘Tsano’ Zulu, former Dynamos midfielder, Naison Mchekela and former Caps United striker, Alois Bunjira.
“This boot camp will be an intensive program that will give the youngsters the training and skills set they will need to impress the Chelsea delegation. We know they already have the talent, this time it will be about building on their raw talents and counseling them on pursuing their goals,” said Kalisto Pasuwa.
The local coaches will be joined by three Chelsea coaches who will arrive on Tuesday evening and will conduct training sessions on the 25th and 26th of July and announce the winner from Zimbabwe who will join the Africa select team that will play with Chelsea legends in London.
The Chelsea Coaches’ delegation consists of head coach Laurence Griffin, Steve O’ Reilly and Freddie Myers. The three have so far toured Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Zimbabwe is their next stop en route to Zambia.