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FORMER Zimbabwe international Patrick Daka has challenged Zifa and the Premier Soccer League to take leading roles in setting out templates for football academies if the country is to produce world-class players in future.

Daka, who is now based in North Carolina, United States of America, is a former Darryn T and Amazulu attacking midfielder.

During his playing days, he also had stints in Germany and the now defunct Blackpool and Black Aces.

Currently back home in Zimbabwe, Daka has been conducting coaching clinics at schools and handing over soccer equipment like jerseys, bibs, cones and football boots which he sourced from the Charlotte community in the US.

The former Warriors player believes Zimbabwe has the potential to unleash quality players in the mould of the legendary Peter Ndlovu, if Zifa and the PSL take g stances on the way academies are conducting their businesses.

“I have noticed that we do not have a systemic way or culture of playing football here. There seems to be a lot of raw talent among the players but maybe it’s the technical development at early stages that could be lacking.

“My biggest concern has been the Under-13 ages groups. I feel a lot more needs to be done in terms of nurturing the 8-12 year olds. It appears more focus is being placed on those above 13 years yet we ignore the basis,” he said.

Currently, Daka is technical director at Charlotte Soccer Academy in the United States and it has 2 600 junior players under its wings.

Zifa, Daka said, can draw lessons from the United States and Ghana who have been successful in developing young players.

Source : The Herald