Madrid football club won the 8 team soccer tournament sponsored by PSI in support of Male Circumcision at the St Mary’s Community Ground on Unity Day holiday.
The games kicked off in the early hours of the day but at around 13 00 hours only the giants had remained. Manyame FC faced Africa bet whilst Madrid locked horns with High Praise in the semi final. With all teams eyeing for best price promised ahead, the semis proved unpredictable as Manyame FC lost 4-2 to Africa Bet on penalties while Madrid grabbed a late 2 -1 victory over High Praise.
Matters got more intriguing with drama in the final which featured Madrid against Africa Bet. Spectators made the event lively as they whistled and cheered to the most dazzling skill on display by the participants. The first half of the final did not have much in terms of attempts on goal as the two seemed to study each other.
The match turned groovy in the second half with Africa Bet coming from the middle through the creativity of sensational Nyasha Razawo and the energetic Tofirenyika Zulu. The duo brought some tenacious moments for the Madrid defence but the Madrid goal minder Quinton Sifilali was equal to the task.
Madrid played a passing game and occasionally attacked on flanks through Andris Time and Tafadzwa Muhlan’abesa who brought some inviting crosses seeking to utilise height advantage of their strike force.
After exciting battle of hard tackling, misses, bruises and dust the man in the middle had no option than to end the proceedings in a stale mate. The match then progressed on to penalty shoot-out which Madrid out classed their opponents in a 4-2 victory with Tawanda Majonga putting the final nail on the coffin with a stunning kick that left the spectators with a moment to remember.
The proceedings ended with the award giving ceremony with Tofirenyika Zulu of Africa Bet claiming the Best Player of the Tournament Award after his outstanding individual prowess which was above par. The Grand Price was given to the superb Madrid through the captaincy of Leonard Chisvo who lifted the trophy to claim the championship.
One of the spectators Darlington Dodo a football legend and coach said that tournament was a perfect platform for the young stars who played like real professionals with a lot of potential and enthusiasm.
“The tournament has displayed the type and amount of talent contained in Chitungwiza considering the turn up and the resources available. If only the adequate resources where given to these youths, Chitungwiza would be producing even more products for premiership clubs and the National Teams. Grass root football is the stepping stone to positive development and binds footballers way too long till they are professionals”, he alluded.