By Lindsay Chiswe
Population Services International partnered with National Association of Secondary Head’s through the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision brand with a sponsorship packaged at $10,000 to launch the first NASH Fustal tournament on Thursday 8th of February 2018.
The launch was held at Oriel boy’s high school with PSI representative Anita Mondo pledging their commitment to the Fustal tournament.
“As PSI we felt we had a role to play in the development of children in schools, hence partnering with NASH in introducing the fustal tournament”
‘In this partnership, we will be enhancing a healthy growth of the child by allowing them to gain both academic knowledge and physical well-being” said Mondo
Mondo said that, “they are going to introduce the Health Award during the tournament to motivate the schools to sustain a healthy lifestyle through improving health seeking behaviours among the learners. Schools are therefore encouraged to start health clubs to drive health initiatives in the school”.
Provincial Head in Charge NASH Football, Ropafadzo Matemavi said fustal was officially launched to improve the game of soccer.
“As the head in Charge of Nash, I shared notes with many coaches and they noticed a gap in the development of football amongst students, in that they only play soccer second term and third term”
“So in line with the new curriculum, which is encouraging development of skills and sports throughout the year, 5 aside is the best move to develop soccer players throughout the year since first term was predominantly athletics” he said.
Futsal is derived from the Spanish, “futbol sala,” meaning indoor soccer is a fast-paced small sided soccer game played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper.
Wilson Mutekede ZIFA Technical Director, said that the Fustal will improve technical awareness, passing accuracy and ball control amongst players, since it will be played on a small pitch.
“If someone can play football in a pitch with so many restrictions and repetitive touch with goals very close to each other, were reaction and response to the goal is very close, it means in a 11 aside where the pitch is much more open, they will be better players.”
“With this launch we are going to see much more improved teams as far as football is concerned because of fustal ,” he said.
The attendees, School Heads, Sports directors, teachers in charge of football and football coaches from schools in Harare were given a presentation on history of fustal, how the match is played and rules of the game by ZIFA technical side team.
The tournament will kick start with district and provincial tournament in March for the under 15, 17 and 20 age groups.
The Fustal tournament will be currently focusing on boys only and girls will be incorporated next year when funding is availed.
“A facilities trial run was done in 2016-17 to check if NASH can host the games and PSI agreed to assist with resources to schools that do not have the required goal posts and balls” said Matemavi
Futsal is a variant of association football played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It can be considered a version of five-a-side football.
Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines; walls or boards are not used. Futsal is also played with a smaller, harder ball. The surface, ball, and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity, and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.