By Muziwethu Hadebe
ZIFA Bulawayo Province board member Allan Mpofu has urged junior football clubs to implement Online Registration for their players to ensure that the teams get compensation/development fee when the players turn professional.
Mpofu was speaking at the Lobengula Rovers FC (juniors) awards ceremony held at Lobengula Hall in Bulawayo recently.
“I heard the president list the players you have produced yet you have picked little in terms of compensation fees, it’s painful to use your own resources and then the big boys come and snatch your players and that has to stop, but before it stops Lobengula Rovers and all the other Junior clubs have to embark on online registration as this becomes a permanent record for the club,” said Mpofu.
Mpofu who is also a director at First Mobile Academy who play in serie A Junior league praised Lobengula Rovers for hosting the awards for its players but was quick to put the team’s executive to task to attend Junior league meetings and have a say on the operations of the league.
“ This is a good project(Lobengula Rovers), I however have not seen your representatives at our meetings, Mr President this is my challenge to you, please attend the meetings as Junior football can only improve if we put our heads together in shaping it forward, our football will only be improved by the people”.
Mpofu also urged Lobengula Rovers to maintain their philosophy of developing young players.
“We need to address the problem of age cheating and this usual comes from the directors when they put pressure on the coaches, I request that you stop putting pressure on the coaches to win games and the coaches end up wanting to win at all cost, I was happy when the Vice President said the major aim of the club is to develop and I did not see where he said the aim is to win, at the same time kindly look into your U18’s and don’t throw them away, consider setting up a Division 3 or 2 team”.
He apologised for the delayed log standings in the junior league especially with Serie B where Lobengula Rovers plays.
“I would like to apologise for the delayed log standings and promise that next season we should have log standings at most by Thursday of every week,” Mpofu added.
Lobengula Rovers FC (juniors) trains and plays at the Lobengula Rugby Grounds popularly known as eRugby. It was once in partnership with the now defunct New West City and went on to produce players like Rahman Kutsanzira, Innocent Kutsanzira, Zibusiso Sibanda, Warren Dube and most recently Arthur Musiyiwa(Bulawayo Chiefs) and Vincent Moyo(Highlanders).
Each of the registered 63 players in the U14, U16 and U18 received a certificate of appreciation for completing the season while there were individual awards in each age category.
Prince Ncube was the U14 top goal scorer with 11 goals. Prince Mloyi was named the U14 player of the year.
Eugene Sibanda found the net 10 times to emerge as the top goal scorer in the U16, with Genius Ncube picking the player of the year in the U16.
Junior Dube was the top goal scorer in the U18 with 14 goals. Thulani Maphosa was named the U18 player of the year.
The individual awards winners received certificates as well as trophies which were sponsored by the club’s vice president Tari Mudadada.