Growing up in the compound of Buchwa Mine in Mberengwa, Clement Mabhureza always wanted to have an impact on other people’s lives through football.
He dreamt of being a household name as a player, with so much influence in the country playing for the Warriors and big foreign clubs but his skill could not match his ambition as it could only take him to teams in Beitbridge Underhill, Border Strikers and Triple B.
But the resolve to have an influence in the country through football remained alive inside Mabhureza leading to the formation of his own club CM15 Academy which will be competing in the Ruvimbo Funeral Central Region Soccer League this coming season. Inspired by South African legend Jomo Sono who changed the lives of many youngsters through his Jomo Cosmos club in South Africa including former Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwari, Esau Kanyenda from Malawi, Chris Katongo of Zambia and Mozambique’s Tico Tico to name but a few, Mabhureza wants his CM15 Academy to reach out to the world from Beitbridge.
“With extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable,” Mabhureza said.
“I’m inspired a lot by Jomo Sono from losing his father at a tender age to rise to a legendary status in South Africa and have an impact on many lives including players from other countries gave me the inspiration to own a club so that I can groom as well as identify talent.”
“From an early age, growing up in Mberengwa at Buchwa Mine before relocating to Beitbridge where my mother comes from, I always wanted to inspire somebody through football. I couldn’t go as far as I wanted to as a player but now there is no stopping me to be Zimbabwe’s own Jomo Sono. Yes funds are hard to come by because it’s expensive running a football club in Zimbabwe but I’m determined to see this project bear fruit. Jomo Sono inspired me a lot looking at the number of big name players that came through his hands to play in the South African Premier League and then later Europe.”
Mabhureza who is working with coach Hillary Mukuruva, father to former Warriors goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva said he is also driven by the desire to mentor youngsters from the streets and help them achieve better things in life through football.
“One thing that is affecting our youths at the moment is lack of focus and guidance. There are a lot of talented youths who are getting distracted by drugs and other vices but through football we can give them focus and belief. Also there are players that might not make it to the highest level as players but the life skills that we teach them at the CM15 Academy will help them become better people in life. So getting into the Ruvimbo Central Region Soccer League, our aim is to bring in another dimension to football as opposed to just fighting for the title. As CM15 Academy we want to give a platform for the young players to blossom and make their names elsewhere. Our team is made up of young players with the majority being below the age of 20.”
CM15 Academy will be the third team from Beitbridge in the Ruvimbo Funeral Central Region Soccer League this season after Dulibadzimu and Bishopstone. The 2023 season is expected to start on 18 March.
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