Mzilikazi, Sonjini win Orap Zenzele-Chevrolet Cup

BULAWAYO - Mzilikazi High School and Sonjini won the second edition of the annual Orap Zenzele-Chevrolet Cup in the boys and girls categories respectively yesterday.

Mzilikazi beat hosts Gifford 1-0 in the final courtesy of Lesley Lunga goal. Lunga is the son of former Zimbabwe international Willard Khumalo.

Sonjini prevailed after beating Magwegwe by a similar score in the final courtesy of a goal by striker Monalisa Mxoli.

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, Sports minister Andrew Langa and Minister of State in the Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Eunice Sandi Moyo also graced the occasion.

Mphoko showed appreciation of the tournament and urged the school children to take sport seriously.

“I’m delighted to be here on this grand occasion seeing so many young people who are the future of Zimbabwe,” he said.

“You judge the future of the country by the youth and from what I have seen I don’t doubt the future of our country is very bright.

“We will commit ourselves as government to develop our young people through education, sport and everything needed for the better great Zimbabwe that we all love.

“A better society is a better business community. Sport is a powerful way to helping education and developing the children physically.”

This year’s tournament involved 16 schools from Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South.

Four boys’ teams came from each province and a girls team from each province took part in the tournament.

All, the team that took part received a branded football kit from the sponsors.

Chevrolet distributor in Bulawayo, Mike Blatch was a delighted and pleased by the way the tournament went through.

“It has been a fantastic tournament, we had a great time. Everything went on so well. We watched exciting soccer and great soccer talent has been showcased,” he said.

“Everything was properly and wonderfully organised. Everything has been exciting and thrilling and we wish to make this tournament a national event where schools from all over the country can participate.”

Orap Zenzele representative Dumi Nyoni said: “We want to thank you for the support and commitment. The tournament belongs to the school children who we think it is our duty and mandate as Orap Zenzele to develop them academically and their skills and talent for the betterment of their future.

“It is also our duty to empower the school children. We say education, learning and healthy lifestyles to the school children and the national as a whole.”

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