Chemhanza bag Copa title

HISTORY MAKERS: Chemhanza players celebrate winning the Copa Coca-Cola 2013 trophy for the first time at Sakubva Stadium on Sunday.

MUTARE – Chemhanza High School ?inscribed their name on the 16 and Under Copa Coca-Cola trophy for the first time after beating Howard High School 3-1 in the final at Sakubva Stadium on Sunday.

It was a sentimental victory for the Mashonaland East-based school as it was also the first time that a school from the province had won the title in its 25-year history.

But what will perhaps linger on in this Eastern border town of Mutare is the fashion in which the Never Mhandu-coached side bulldozed their way to the final with some technically astute play.

Led by inspirational captain and Zimbabwe Under-17 midfielder Washington Parira, Chemhanza topped Group C with victories over Sakubva High School 2-0 and Mwenezi 1-0.

They then walloped Zvishavane 4-0 in the quarterfinals before knocking out four-time champions Churchill Boys High School in the semifinals, 4-3 on penalties.

That match had ended 1-1 with Churchill stretching the match into penalties courtesy of their only shot on target.

Chemhanza wrapped up the tournament after dispatching Howard in the final courtesy of a brace from Learnmore Muyambo and a goal from Takudzwa Marumahoko.

Howard’s Tafadzwa Nhundu scored the consolation goal.

Muyambo’s brace ensured the gangly striker finished with five goals out of five games he played. He thus claimed the top goal-scorer of the tournament.

The Mashonaland Central representatives apart from goalkeeper Noah Bande, who had an outstanding tournament with some match-winning saves, sneaked into the final.

Howard went through the quarterfinals as runner-ups of Group D where they beat Gwanda 1-0 and lost to Churchill by a similar scoreline.

They went on to edge Sakubva 5-4 on penalties in the semifinals after the match had ended goalless.

But their unconvincing run was brought to a halt in the final by Chemhanza.

For finishing first Chemhanza won $6 500 along with the trophy.

Howard went home with $5 000. Sakubva, who beat Churchill 2-1 to claim third place, took home $3 000.

Fourth-placed Churchill won $2 500 for their efforts.

Comments (1)

I was at the Copa at Sakubva stadium and was not impressed with the vetting. Schools are using over aged players without any impunity thereby destroying our soccer at grassroots. For instance I saw my son's name in one of the newspapers after someone won an award using his name. I was so embarrassed that I am planning to sue the both the school and the sponsors.

Chopper - 15 July 2013

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