Emmanuel Zulu, The former Chipolopolo midfield ace nurturing the next generation at MC Galaxy Academy
MC Galaxy Academy, A Lusaka based club that has come on the Zambian football scene with the view of changing how Zambian players are groomed.
The club has an under-19 team that plays in the FAZ Lusaka division four developmental league and a comprehensive youth system that see them train players from as low as 7 years.
The ZamFoot Crew paid the team a visit early this week just to see what happens at the club and found the U-19 in full training under the tutelage of head coach Emmanuel Zulu.
The former Chipolopolo midfield ace is the man given the responsibility of nurturing talent and with the massive experience, he has under his belt playing for the Copper Bullets and professional football both in the. country and abroad, the project is in good hands.
Zulu believes the FAZ Lusaka division four league is very competitive and gives his side the challenge they need. He, however, is not happy with some teams who he feels are using players above the age limit.
“The team was in March last year and we tried a number of amateur leagues but they were not good enough until we got a slot in the FAZ Division, four Developmental leagues which we are topping after ten games,” Zulu told the ZamFoot Crew in an interview.
“It’s a very competitive league with a number of very talented boys but age cheating is a big challenge. Some of the teams we play are using players that are maybe 24 but this is a developmental league and you can only develop players who are 19 and below and besides it’s a U-20 league. Nevertheless, we are trying to show them how it’s done by using school going kids,” he added.
When asked about the project of young boys and girls, Zulu said Parents should seriously consider it as he and his technical bench are doing their best to nurture the talent and teach them some much-needed life skills and lessons.
” The project for the kids is important as we teach them more than just football basics but also life in general. We nature them to the best of their ability and just kick-off their development,” he said.
“I feel life has changed and kids need to learn life skills at a young age which we teach them here. We instill confidence in them and help identify and nature their talent. ”
Every player’s dream is to represent his country at one stage or another and Zulu believes he has groomed some boys that will soon don the Chipolopolo colors.
“We have I think four or five players with a lot of potential that can walk straight into the U-20 national team. You will see them soon, We are just trying to polish them up, ” he said.
MC Galaxy Academy trains from Napsa Sports Complex every weekday for the U-19 and Saturday morning for the U-8, U-10, U-12 and the like.
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