The Dar es Salaam Youth Olympic Centre (DYOC) yesterday inaugurated the under-18 football clinic with 125 teenagers from different parts of Dar es Salaam.
DYOC Secretary General Brown Ernest said yesterday the clinic, which for the last time was conducted five years ago, was in its second phase of success as they have managed to raise premier league and professional soccer players since that period.
Ernest said the clinic will run for eight months and the best 16 players will get two tours, one in March to South Africa and another in July to Sweden and Norway.
Youths at the clinic will get a chance to play at the DYOC Football Club which features in the second division league.
Among products who came from the first clinic are Jabir Aziz who plays for Simba SC, Ramadhan Chombo “Redondo” who turns for Azam FC, Hamis Shengo (Coastal Union) and nine players at African Lyon FC, he elaborated.
Professionals raised at the clinic are Peter Mushi (Rotterdam FC in Holland), Aisu Nyangwengwe and Mfimwi Musangusa (Valencia Academy in Spain), John Emmanuel, Saleh Ally and Jumanne Hussein who play in South Africa.
Some of the trainers at the centre are African Lyon technical director Steven Matata, the physical education teacher of Baden Powell School, Ole Louis, coach Aluko Simango from DYOC and Esperer program coach Beatus Manga.
The clinic was funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation, an aid agency, and operated by the DYOC which also supports children in their education.