Tanzanian Football Club, Azam FC has announced that will organize the U13 league slated to kick off on May 27 at the Chamazi’s Azam Complex, with matches taking place every Saturday.
Azam FC head of youth soccer development program, Tom Legg, said they are happy to work with six teams which will compete in the league.
They are Bom Bom SC, JMK Park Academy, Rendis FC, Ilala Academy, Magnet Youth and hosts Azam.
In an effort to demonstrate honesty in junior soccer development, Legg said, each of the participating players in the league will have to present documents to prove his age when registering for the league.
“The information will be presented to all of the competing teams with a view to seeing to it that all players qualify,” Legg said.
Legg said Azam will then launch the U15 and U17 leagues in August, noting the outfit will issue out details soon.
He said the leagues will be taken to other regions, adding that he has been working hard to oversee the program, a move that will play a crucial role in improving the initiative.
Legg said the establishment of the program aim at seeing to it that the club plays an active role in grooming future players.
“We have been delighted by the success of the national U17 soccer team, Serengeti Boys, and we wish them all the best in the U17 AFCON finals in Gabon,” Legg said.
“With this program, we believe we will play a vital role in efforts to ensure the country fields teams in continental competitions for more years.”
The U13 league will be the second event for junior players to have been organized by Azam FC in the country.
The side organized the U20 league last year, with the competition involving outfits from across the East African Region. The teams were Ligi Ndogo Academy from Kenya, Football For Good Academy (Uganda), Arusha’s Future Stars Academy and hosts, Azam (Tanzania).