7 January 2019
Tawanda Bote and Latwell Nyangu
Herentals Group of Colleges on Saturday held the Herentals Community Soccer Tournament Nationwide in a move set to identify young talent.
The Under-20 soccer tournament had many teams from different communities participating and walking away with different prizes.
Herentals Westwood, Kuwadzana and Budiriro were some of the areas involved.
Principal , Julius Freeman Maredza who was in charge of the tournament held in Mufakose area J community said the competition was all about corporate social responsibility within their catchment area that includes Mufakose community, Kambuzuma , Herentals Westwood , Almar Spotting Warren Park and Rugare Rangers.
“We are doing this as a corporate social responsibility in our catchment area and also to unlock local soccer talent within these young boys. We are giving a chance to those who might have academically failed to make it, we believe they must be given a chance to showcase their skills,’’ said Maredza.
Participating teams in Mufakose received prizes ranging from $25 as appearance fee for every player and $150 for the winner, which went to Mufakose and $70 for second position, which Rugare Rangers claimed.
Headmaster Tendai Obert Pfidze, who was in charge of the tournament held at Holland area in Kuwadzana 6 said:
“My catchment area includes five teams and these are Intersix Kuwadzana 6, Herentals Kuwadzana, Blue Fit Kuwadzana 5, Seven United Kuwadzana 7 and Height Matters Kuwadzana 6.
‘’We are doing this so that we reach out to the community through Sport and to promote discipline amongst our youth through sport.
‘’We want to fight drug abuse and to make them realise they can make a living through sport,” said Pfidze.
Intersix were the winners and Herentals was number two in Kuwadzana catchment area.
Budiriro hails Benza
The Budiriro community soccer tournament event was graced by Blessing Majarira, Herentals’ Football Club Captain, Jeany, a star player in the Herentals Premiership team while the presence of Tariro Benza, a member of the Herentals Management Committee, made a difference to the function. Various prizes were won.
Organizers in Budiriro said:
“The success of the event was made possible through the sponsorship and support of Herentals Group CEO, Dr Innocent Benza.
“The event was meant to support and uplift the development of football talent in the communities and this has become Herentals’ annual event.”
Guest of honour John Phiri , former national team player and Zifa board member was represented by the chairman of Harare Soccer Development Committee and chairman of Budiriro Gunners football club, Mufandaedza .
Teams that took part for Boozers include Dande , Might Five, B M Boozers and New Life Boozers.
New Life Boozer won against Dande Boozers and walked away with $80 plus t-shirts while Dande received $50.
Under-13 teams included Budiriro Gunners and BM Academy while BM earned prize money of $30. Meanwhile, Under-17 teams included Herentals Budiriro team, BM Academy and Budiriro Bunners.
BM Academy won in the final and received a prize money of $70 plus Herentals caps while Herentals Budiriro came out second with a prize money of$40.