|Hwedza High lift soccer trophy|
|Saturday, 10 November 2012 20:00|
Churchill Boys’ High School
Chemhanza High School were made to eat humble pie by bitter rivals Hwedza High School in the second edition of the S. K. Musanhu soccer finals held at Kujeke Grounds in Hwedza recently.
Chemhanza, who were finalists in the National Association of Secondary Heads (Nash) competitions hosted by Churchill earlier this year were beaten 4-3 on penalties after the teams ended regulation time tied on a 0-0 draw.
Despite boasting seven players who play in the Under-17 national team and their affiliation to the Zifa Division 2 league where they are in fourth position (with six remaining matches), they still failed to prove why they are the most decorated side in Mashonaland East Province.
Other players who displayed classical soccer for the winners from the onset include Philip Chatindo, Tinotenda Mandaza and Cainos Rumbanduro. For the losers, players such as Tariro Mukarakate, Trevor Gandanzara and Nigel Matika deserve credit.
One of the co-ordinators of the tournament, Mr Patson Muroyi, said that the Musanhu Tournament is one of four others hosted by Hwedza District that has managed to address the issue of juvenile delinquency as the youths in the area commit themselves to sport all year round.
He said they had also been able to produce champions such as a 14-year-old pupil at Maruta School who recently won a silver medal in Botswana as well as two juniors from the same area who were part of a world handball championship tournament in Copenhagen.
Chikurumadziva School, for instance, which has an enrolment of just 170 students, has five boys who play in the Premier Soccer League for such teams as Tongogara Football Club.
Three-time Comrades Marathon champion Stephen Muzhingi and soccer legend Stanford “Stix” Mutizwa were present as guests at the tournament.
“I am very happy with the talent that we continue to identify, nurture and expose, so I will not hesitate to do more in the next tournament,” he told Sunday Mail Bridge.