THE third edition of the Orap Zenzele Chevrolet Champions Cup commences this morning (Friday) and continues on Saturday at Gifford High School bringing together 18 schools from four provinces.
This yeara��s event witnesses an increase in the number of girls teams.
Participating provinces are Bulawayo, Midlands, Matabeleland South and North.
The Orap Chevrolet Champions Cup is part of the Shooting for Education and Development (SHED) programme, which aims to empower and inspire young people to see sport as more than just recreation but as a tool for their development.
It brings together young people from different communities, creating a platform for performance, learning, relationship building and leadership development.
a�?This year will see an increased participation of the girl child in the tournament evidenced by the increased number of girlsa�� soccer teams. In a male dominated sport like soccer, the Orap Zenzele Chevrolet Champions Cup also nurtures the talent of young girls. The event is an investment in youth development that helps safe guard their future and that is something that cannot be measured wholly but will definitely be proven in the future when more and more soccer players emerge,a�? explained the Orap chief strategy officer Dumisani Nyoni.
The guest of honour this year will be Busisa Moyo, chief executive officer of United Refineries and the president of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries.
Lasta��s year event was graced by Vice President Phekelezela Mphoko.
Entrance is free and all participating teams will receive soccer kits, prizes and awards.
Mzilikazi High beat hosts Gifford 1-0 in the boys final while Sojini triumphed over Magwegwe with the same score line in the girls final.