Philani Banda

Five-A-side Uhuru Cup set for Easter

FungaiA� Muderere
THE semi-finals of this yeara��s edition of Southern Region Five-A-Side League Independence Cup contest will be held on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday at Grassroots Soccer Football for Hope Centre in the high density suburb of Gwabalanda.

Southern Region Five-A-Side League chairman Philani Banda, said the semi-finals would feature the leaguea��s defending champions Bulawayo Artists, Fox, Amabhubesi, Nust, Flying Stars and Cash Money.

a�?For the semi-finals, we are going to have six teams that will play in a round-robin format after being drawn into two groups of three.

Thereafter, the top teams from each group will qualify for the Independence final match that will be played on 18 April at the same venue,a�? said Banda adding that the tournament was sponsored to the tune of $300 by Bulawayo-based Impact Agencies Mining Suppliers.

Banda said they were grateful to Impact Agencies Mining Suppliers and their association would continue to look for partners that could aid the sport to grow.

a�?Wea��re grateful to Impact Mining Suppliers whom we think will help us to stage a competitive tournament. It is our hope that this sponsorship will inspire other companies that might see value in partnering us and developing the sport in Bulawayo and beyond,a�? said Banda.

Meanwhile, Banda said the 2018 Southern Region Five-A-Side League action was set to start on the weekend ofA� 21 to 22 April.

The Southern Region Five-A-side League has 10 clubs under its umbrella. Nationally the game is run by the futsal and beach soccer committee chairman Felton Kamambo.