Peter to attend Copa Cola-Cola finals

HARARE - Former Zimbabwe captain Peter Ndlovu will be guest of honour at this year’s edition of the Copa Coca-Cola finals at Gwanzura Stadium in Harare.

It will be a nostalgic return for the former Warriors skipper to a tournament credited for bringing arguably the country’s finest footballer of all time into the limelight.

Ndlovu starred for Mzilikazi High in the early 90s, a school which interestingly is one of former champions taking part in this year’s tournament. 

The other ex-champions in the tournament are Harare giants Churchill Boys High and Masvingo’s Pamushana High.

This year’s Copa Coca-Cola boys Under-16 and 17-and-under girls football tournament returns to the capital for the first time in years.

Ndlovu is currently in Zimbabwe with South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns, who are on a pre-season tour. The former Warriors assistant coach part of Downs’ technical bench.

Defending champions Chemhanza High School will be hoping to make it two years in a row by lifting the Copa Coca-Cola title at Gwanzura this weekend.

Chemanza, who won the trophy last year after beating Mashonaland Central representatives Howard High School 3-1 in the finals, automatically qualified for the national finals.

The school’s attacking midfielder Tatenda Tumba, whose stellar show at last year’s finals won him a place in the Zimbabwe Under-16 Copa team, will be one of the players to look out for this year.

Tumba was voted the best player of the Copa Coca-Cola tournament in South Africa and also won the Golden Boot award with a total of six goals.

But Chemhanza coach Never Mhandu believes it will be players who are playing the age-grade tournament for the first time who will be his most dangerous arsenal.

“We are banking on players who are coming for the first time because they are eager to perform,” he said.

“The players who were in the team last year are like Spain, they have achieved but in the end we can’t rule them out because they have the experience.”

Meanwhile, Sundowns beat CAPS United 1-0 in a practice match played at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

Comments (1)

Zvino shamisa, kuuya kwa Peter kumusha dzinotova big news? akapuwei ku SA? Vana Keshi vanogara mu Lagos wani?

Don Wezhira - 16 July 2014

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