Thursday, February 29, 2024

Four Zambian youngsters in Botswana for trials

Four Zambian youngsters who arrived in Gaborone on Monday night for week-long trials with some of the Premier League sides have been described as talented players that can make it into any team.

The quartet is defender Bernard Mapili, strikers Gift Lukwesa, Luka Zulu and Simon Nkhoma, all from the Kalusha Bwalya Academy in Zambia.

The Zambian youngsters who were all born in 1994 have come at the invitation of football agent Comfort Ramatebele.

In an exclusive interview on Monday, Ramatebele said that after identifying some of the Premier League’s downfalls in the past season, he decided to invite the players for trials.

“I have spoken to officials from Township Rollers, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Miscellaneous who have all shown interest in having a look at them. Please note that these players might stay longer depending on the clubs,” he said. Glamour Sports International management was expected to welcome the youngsters on Monday night and address them on the challenges they might face during their stay.

Ramatebele said since they are youngsters, his company would do its best to ensure that they feel at home.

“We will be taking care of their living expenses while they are here. This is one of the challenges you face as a football agent hence there is a need for a further P100, 000 to keep the company running,” he added.

Ramatebele said that since the youngsters are highly recommended, he has no doubt that they will find clubs.

When contacted for comment, Kalusha Bwalya Academy coach, Albert Mphande, said that he has no doubt that the quartet can make a grade at any team in Southern Africa given a chance. 

Mphande said that people should not read too much on their age as they are special.
“They’re talented youngsters who are the future of Botswana football. They may be young but I can highly recommend them,” he said in a telephone interview.

Central defender Mapili is expected to train with Rollers who were not convincing in defence last season, despite winning the championship. Mapili has already been capped by the Zambian Under-17 squad. But it is expected that Nkhoma might be the one to watch as he is already campaigning in the Zambian First Division with National Assembly side. 

Nkhoma has featured in both Zambian Under 17 and 20 sides. Before joining National Assembly, he started off with Chipararamba Academy in 2002 and was snapped by Kalusha Bwalya Academy in 2005 where he stayed for four years.


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