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Reward Academy lifts Chitown Junior League season opener trophy

Zim Now Writer

Reward Academy, a youth soccer side drawn from St Mary’s and Zengeza suburbs of Chitungwiza clinched the 16-team Chtungwiza Junior Football League season opener tournament held at Chibuku Stadium recently.

They beat Seke-based FC 99.

One of the teams in the recently-formed Chitungwiza Junior Football League, Reward Academy, is already busy registering its players with Zifa affiliate, the Chitungwiza Junior Football League.

“Our boys played very well. Considering they were competing against well-resourced sides, Reward academy did very well. We are ready for the season.

“We took the trophy to our training ground at St Mary’s Police station where the Officer-in-Charge, of the police station reiterated that playing soccer was good for the youths as it removed them from drugs and other harmful substances,” said Nyasha “Nyale” Matanhire, one of the founders of the Academy, which has players from Unde 11 to Under 17 levels.

Team captain, Tinashe Magocha said he was excited with the win, which came as a result of hard work.

“We listened to our coaches’ instructions and we have been preparing very hard for this tournament. We played as a team and won as a team,” he said, adding that he hopes Reward Academy gets support from individual and corporate well-wishers so that they realis ether dreams.

Reward Academy’s main objective was to lure young people into the country’s most popular sport – soccer – but it has since transformed itself into a centre seeking to tackle drug and substance abuse among Chitungwiza’s youths.

Initially Matanhire’s brainchild, Reward Academy has set its sights on not only grooming sporting talent, but also playing their role no matter how minute, in the fight against the scourge of drug and substance abuse.

Reward Academy, whose girls’ teams are also shaping up, also aims at identifying and cultivating talent, play a part in creating a generation that is proud of being Zimbabwean and creating a drug-free country with reduced substance abuse, thus creating a healthy and clean environment for all citizens.

It also strives to reduce crime by engaging youths in sporting activities while, at the same time, educating children on the benefits of sport.


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