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TWO top German motocross clubs — RMC Reutlingen and MSC Teutschenthal — are interested in helping a number of young Zimbabwean riders in their preparations for this year’s FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations Championship which is scheduled to be held at Donnybrook in Harare on August 29. The Zimbabwe Motorsport Federation recently agreed to host the 2015 FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations Championship after Botswana indicated that they were no longer in a position to host this annual continental motorcycling event.

And two of Germany’s top motocross clubs — RMC Reutlingen and MSC Teutschenthal — have indicated through the GeBe Foundation, a German non-profit making organisation that has links with a number of sports organisations in that country, that they would like to take in a number of young Zimbabwean riders for a training camp ahead of the FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations Championship in August.

Bernd Wulffen, the director and founder of the GeBe Foundation who also have a branch in Cape Town, South Africa, said the two German motocross clubs are targeting at least six young, talented Zimbabwean riders for this training camp scheduled for July and August in the European country.

“So far, we have the names of six riders — Daiyaan Manuel, Kuda Mhene (Jnr), Davin Cocker, Ryan Masimo, Emmanuel Bako and Regan Wasmuth – who have been earmarked for this special training camp in Germany ahead of the African Nations Championship.

“At the moment, four riders — Daiyaan Manuel, Kuda Mhene (Jnr), Ryan Masimo and Davin Cocker — have already committed themselves to this project and we are hoping that they will be joined by Regan Wasmuth and Emmanuel Bako, who we understand, are also brilliant young bikers and have a bright future ahead of them . . . We understand that there’s unbelievable potential in all these riders.

“In fact, RMC Reutlingen have already indicated that they are willing to take these six young riders on board between July and August and they will be providing everything for them from bikes, food and accommodation during their stay in Germany. They only need to pay for their own airfares.

“MSC Teutschenthal have also offered them a similar deal and we are currently working on the logistics to see how these young, talented riders can be accommodated by both clubs during their stay in Germany between July and August.

“But I think this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these young riders to go to Germany where, apart from attending the training camp, they will also take part in a number of race meetings against some top young motocross bikers in Germany and Europe and this will help them to fine-tune themselves for the African Nations Championship which will be held there in Harare at the end of August.

“We are also looking at making this training camp an annual event for Zimbabwean motocross riders as we would like them to go to Germany on a regular basis and compete there under different clubs. Motocross is really big in Germany and I think these youngsters will benefit immensely from this project,” Wulffen said.

He also indicated that they have reserved a place for top Zimbabwean female rider Tanya Muzinda for the same trip to Germany in July and August.

The main aim of the training camp in Germany is to help young Zimbabwean motocross riders to turn into fully-fledged professionals in Europe.

At the moment most of Zimbabwean motocross riders go across to neighbouring South Africa where they have been competing in that country’s tough six-round Monster Energy National Championship for the past couple of years.

But with the doors now opening for them to go and race in Europe, the initial offer for Manuel, Mhene (Jnr), Cocker, Wasmuth, Masimo and Bako to go for a training camp in Germany in July and August is likely to be a major stepping stone in their dreams of turning into professionals in the not-too-distant-future, thanks to the GeBe Foundation.

In April this year, the foundation helped the Mashonaland West Handball Association’s Mashrhino select side to go to Hamburg, Germany, for a 16-day training camp under the Hamburger Handball Association.

And this saw a team of seven boys and five girls, who were drawn from several primary and high schools in the Mashonaland West Province, training in Hamburg under a number of top junior German handball clubs dotted around Hamburg.

The GeBe Foundation, in partnership with the Young Masters Handball Club and the Western Cape Handball Association in South Africa, are now organising an international tournament on August 1-2 where they have invited Zimbabwe to send a boys Under-17 team and a girls Under-15 side.

They are also hosting a C-licence coaching introduction course at the same time in Cape Town and Zimbabwean coaches have been invited to attend it.

Source : The Herald