U-15 national team trials will move to other provinces next week…As FAZ puts emphasis on the right age
The trials for the Zambia U-15 national team will move to other provinces next week.
Players from Copperbelt, Eastern, Central, and Southern Province will be assessed and drilled next week after the Lusaka phase which started yesterday at Barca Academy is concluded.
42 players have been picked so far and are being assessed by a number of youth coaches overseen by Chipolopolo assistant coach Oswald Mutapa and his head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.
“We have started with Lusaka players, We have identified from the leagues we are running, we have a total of 42 players who are being assessed right now and then we will bring the players from Copperbelt, Eastern, Central, and Southern Province who are coming for trials next week. The idea is to form a team comprising of the best possible players for this age group,” FAZ technical director Lyson Zulu told the ZamFoot Crew on Friday after the first session at Barca Academy.
“The Lusaka camp has shown a lot of potential, Most of these players have been identified from the leagues that we have set up.”
Zulu confirmed that FAZ was putting an emphasis on the age factor given that the project is aimed at developing players for the 2030 World Cup.
“It’s very important that we train the right age in this team because an aspect of age cheating will take us back in terms of what we trying to achieve as a country and it’s a mandate that any player under the age of 17 go through MRI scan which we will do. That will help us because with the correct age we know exactly how we can coach them to correct maximum results,” Zulu said.
The 42 players that have been picked and being assessed currently will this morning be separated into four teams with the most promising going into team A and so on.
The players for this Lusaka pool have been drawn from the FAZ under-14 and 16 zonal leagues.
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