Former Warriors midfielder Alois Bunjira’s Albun Academy has been kicked out of the inaugural Marvelous Nakamba Foundation Youth Invitation Tournament slated for later this month under unclear circumstances.
The inaugural tournament takes places between 19 and 20 June in Bulawayo and has already been cleared by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC).
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Albun, together with Dynamos U-17, Highlanders U-17, Bulawayo city U-17, Chicken Inn U-17, Ajax Hotspur U-17, and Hwange Dynamo were initially invited to take part in the tournament.
However, when the tournament was launched in the City of Kings on Friday, Bunjira’s academy was missing from the final teams’ list and was replaced by Manicaland Juniors U-17.
A source close to proceedings at the tournament, who asked not to be named, confirmed to Soccer24 that Albun had been booted out by ZIFA, on ‘political grounds’.
Bunjira is a well-known critic of the Felton Kamambo-led ZIFA board and has made known his intentions, of challenging the Harare businessman for the association’s presidency next year.