Chemhanza defend Copa Coca-Cola

HARARE - Chemhanza High School successfully defended the Under-16 Copa Coca-Cola trophy after beating Oriel Boys High 2-0 in the final yesterday.

Led by inspirational captain Tatenda Tumba, Chemhanza beat Mutare High 1-0 in the quarter-finals to storm into the semi-finals.

They then beat Mzilikazi 1-0 in the semi-final to progress to the finals.

Chemhanza wrapped up the tournament after dispatching Harare-based Oriel courtesy of a 26th minute goal from Kelvin Dube and a second half strike by Takudzwa Chipembere.

The Mashonaland East side had to thank their captain Tumba who provided assists for both goals.

Tumba was crowned the best player of the tournament.

Last year he was part of the dream team that featured at the Copa Coca-Cola International Camp in South Africa and was voted the best player of the tournament and also won the top goal scorer award at the event.

Oriel progressed to the finals courtesy of a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Mashinaland East’s Mukondwa.

After the match, Chemhanza coach Never Mhandu praised his men.

“The boys played very well, I am very happy we manage to defend our title, for those who claim that we use over-aged players, I think Nash has perfectly done their job,” he said.

For finishing first, Chemhanza won $6 500 while Oriel went home with $5 000.

Mukondwa, who beat Mzilikazi 1-0 to claim third place, took home $3 000. Fourth-placed Mzilikazi took $2 500.

On individual prizes, Panashe Nyaruva of Oriel was voted the best goalkeeper; Takaedza Mazhuwarara of Mukondwa was crowned the best defender while Dion Zhiwakinyu won the golden boot award.

Mzilikazi High was crowned the most disciplined team of the tournament.

Comments (1)

We need to be honest to our kids. These guys were not under 16. We are not doing any justice to our kids. What we are doing is to chase away our sponsors as this age cheating especially in Mashonaland will never end. The boys were supposed to go to Kenya but I understand the trip was cancelled. Can some one / Coca Cola tell us why? Remember the deserving kids has their hopes raised high. Waiting for an answer.

tawanda - 24 September 2014

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