Fungai Muderere in Binga
LITTLE known Simbo High School stunned many at the Matabeleland North COPA Coca-Cola provincial finals held in Binga last Thursday when conquered all and sundry in the Under 15 girlsA� category to book a place in the national finals set for next Friday and Saturday in Zvishavane.
Hailing from the thickest of Nkayi, the schools head coach Fungai Manyangarirwa, said they reaped fruits of hardwork.
a�?We started preparing our team since January and coming from Nkayi which many refer to it as Konyama Ubambile, we had to tell our boys not to look down upon themselves. Ita��s our first time to qualify to the national finals. The girls got quite a good exposure and we are looking forward to well in the finals,a�? said Manyangarirwa.
To book their national finals berth, Manyangarirwaa��s charges beat Mabhikwa 3-2 after a penalty shootout in the final tie. The two teams had played a one all draw.
In the boysa�� category, Manyangarirwa watched in disbelief when his charges crumbled to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of seasoned campaigners Somvubu Secondary School.
Somvubu head coach Phineas Mbayimbayi said they were feeling on top of the world.
a�?We are going to the national finals for the third time. It is really an honour for us and we are really happy for the boys. This is not a mean achievement. We are going to Zvishavane to compete,a�? said an ecstatic Mbayimbayi
Somvubu High School headmaster Affection Siphali also could not hide his joy.
a�?Ita��s a big achievement. We have learnt a lot in this competition. We will give our coaches and the boys all the necessary support with regards to their preparations for the national finals,a�? said the soft spoken Siphali.
After the contest, Matabeleland North Nash vice chairman Pelekelo Mathe said :
a�?We are excited about what we have seen in this tournament. We are also grateful to the sponsors for affording a chance to school children from Matabeleland North to showcase their talent. There has been a vast improvement and we hope our representatives will do well at the national finals.a�?
Pint sized Philemon Zulu was named the tournamentsa�� Top Goal Scorer after finding the back of the net three times.A� Hwange Higha��s Confidence Mudimba was voted Goalkeeper ofA� the tournament.
The winners from the provinces will now join the defending champions Rusununguko and Chidyamakono in the boys and girls sections as well as the hosting schools Zvishavane and Mandava High Schools.
Mandava will host the boys and Zvishavane hosts the girls.
The competition to the national final got underway last month with the zonal games, before they proceeded to the districts, culminating into the provincial finals.