Bantu U-18 lift Emakhandeni Legends title

BULAWAYO - Bantu Rovers were on Sunday crowned the inaugural winners of the Emakhandeni Legends Under – 18 tournament after their 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Highlanders at Emakhandeni ground.

Tshintsha Guluva went on to dominate the awards ceremony with their players sweeping most of the awards on offer.

Outstanding goalkeeper Elton Sibanda walked away with the goalkeeper of the tournament and the best save of the tournament awards while gangling striker Thembelihle Mthunzi also grabbed two awards by bagging the top goal scorer and the player of the tournament awards.

Midfield general and team captain Denzil Khumalo won the midfielder of the tournament award while the most promising player gong went to Junior Banda and former Warriors midfielder Johannes Ngodzo was chosen as the coach of the tournament to complete the Bantu medals haul.

Bantu were also handed medals, a trophy and a full set of uniforms following their victory while the losing finalists Highlanders were given medals and a runners up trophy.

Highlanders defender Donnet Fosho won the best defender award while his captain Brandon Mwedzi was chosen as the most skilful player and utility player Ronal Jemisirayi walked away with the goal of the tournament award.

On their way to the final, Rovers beat Mpumelelo 3-0 in the quarter-final stage before securing another penalty shoot-out victory over Chicken Inn in the semis.

Rovers won 4-2 on penalties following a goalless deadlock in regulation time.

Highlanders progressed to the final on the back of a 5-0 quarter-final victory over LMC and a 1-0 semi - final win over EM Sports.

Mthulisi Sibanda, the chairman of the organisers, promised to make the tournament an annual event.

“We faced a few challenges since this was the inaugural tournament but we have learnt from those and from here we will take the tournament to the next level.

“There is still room for growth and we aiming even higher when we hold the next tournament,” Sibanda said.

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