Nash U20 soccer tourney begins

HARARE - The National Association of Secondary Heads (Nash) Under-20 football tournament, which is bank-rolled by Population Services International (PSI), roars into life this afternoon at Prince Edward High School.

Today will see the vetting of participants while matches are scheduled to start tomorrow.

Albert Mucheka, the Nash head in charge of football, said they have put everything in place to make the event a success.

“As Nash we have done our preparations and I think all schools are now ready for the event,” Mucheka told the Daily News yesterday.

“We will continue to support the juniors and we are hoping that this event will promote junior development in the country.

“This will be the future of professional footballers, as you know all the players who excel in their careers are products of such initiatives.

“This is an important event for junior football players because they will share ideas on how to develop their skills.”

Churchill Boys High are the defending champions of the tournament after they won last year’s edition.

Speaking at the launch of the tournament last month, PSI Social Marketing Director Kumbirai Chatora said they are proud to be associated with Nash.

“Through this partnership, we aim to assist in developing a young person who is fit in the body and mind and is aware of the health options available to him to protect himself from HIV,” she said.

“We are looking beyond just kicking the ball in Schools but adding value by providing opportunities for the adolescents to understand and engage with Pinda muSmart/Ngena kuSmart brand.

“It is our wish that the talent can be identified from Schools which are far out in the rural areas like Binga, Tshlolotsho, Muzarabani where children may not always have the same opportunities. We wish to make this tournament as big as possible.”

The partnership comes in the midst of government efforts to restore confidence in the procedure following media reports claiming removed foreskins are sold exorbitantly into the cosmetic industry where they are used as raw materials.

Zimbabwe launched the programme in 2009 to circumcise 1, 3 million young men in eight years in an effort to reduce HIV infections—which stand aat 57 000 annually.


Group A: Rio Tinto Zhombe, Gwanda High School, Conway College

Group B: Hlangabezi High School, Churchill Boys High, Chemhanza High School

Group C: Rujeko High School, Prince Edward School, Gandauta High School

Group D:  Marlborough High School, Gutu High School, Gifford High School

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