Jeyman happy to be back

FORMER Black Aces midfielder Francis “Gazza” Jeyman says he will forever be grateful to Aces Youth Soccer Academy (AYSA) for affording him an opportunity to launch a coaching career.

Jeyman, who illuminated the local football scene and won many hearts with his unique skills, was now earning a living through vending by selling cigarettes, sweets and anything that he can trade on the streets of New Canaan, in the high-density suburb of Highfield.

But the former Zimbabwe youth international is now relishing the prospect of one buck instructions from the touchline as he is currently undergoing training at the famed AYSA before he can be assigned.

“I am a football person and life has been difficult outside the field,” Jeyman told the Weekend Post.

“I would like to thank AYSA bosses for remembering me. It’s something that I never expected and I am really grateful. Ever since I stopped playing this is all I have wanted to do and I am really happy the opportunity has finally arrived.

“While, I used to follow soccer here and there I could not really get an opportunity to be this close to the sport that is so close to my heart. I want to grab this with both hands and I would like to assure AYSA bosses that I will not disappoint.”

“For now I need to work on upgrading my coaching certificates and for now I am still learning the ropes. I am currently working under the club’s coaches and so far so good. I should admit that it’s really an exciting opportunity.”

Jeyman has high hopes and is eager to build on a great legacy of the academy to continue churning out players that would go and do well for the country.

AYSA is famed for producing quality players that have gone to become the backbone of the national team. Some of the players, who have come through the AYSA ranks include Warriors’ skipper Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat, Abbas Amidu, Linclon Zvasiya, George Chigova among others.

“There is a lot of talent in the country and with the model at AYSA I have no doubt that the future of Zimbabwean football is very bright,” Jeyman said.

“I believe catching them young is crucial to the future of our football and I can’t wait to be part and parcel of that trajectory. I hope to use the experience I got during my playing days as well as the knowledge that I am getting now to develop young talent.”

Jeyman arrived at Black Aces as a 13-year-old boy and went on to establish himself as one of the best midfielders to ever emerge in the country which also saw him have a stint at Motor Action.


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