Zim bow out of Homes World Cup

HARARE - Zimbabwe's representatives at the World Cup for Children from Care Homes in Poland yesterday where defeat in three of their four Group B encounters to bow at the tournament.

The side lost to France 3-0, Hungary 5-3, Vietnam 2-1, Belarus 2-1 before restoring some pride to with a 4-3 win over Germany.

The team was under the guidance of coach Prosper Kwenda, who is also the secretary for development of the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association.

Zimbabwe’s tour was facilitated by Kutting Edge Sports Consultants, who hosted the Celebrate the Children Sports Festival last year from which the team was chosen from.

Eight players, five boys and three girls were representing the country in Poland.

The festival was attended by nine homes from across the country and was held over three days with children from different homes participating in sports, theatre and arts.

Kutting Edge managing consultant, Maimba Mapuranga said despite the defeats the tour was a learning curve for the orphaned children.

“We are now out of tournament but the children are having a wonderful time playing games, making friends and teaching folks to Zora butter,” he said from Poland yesterday.

The tournament is being attended by more than 30 football teams from care homes from all over the world.

The annual football tournament for homeless people started in 2001 in a journey that has reportedly changed the lives of 70 percent of players engaged in the event.

Each year, a country can send an entirely new team of eight people. The teams compete with four players on each side – a goal keeper, a striker and two defenders.

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