Chidyamakono retain Copa crown, Dewure clinch boys' title

BULAWAYO - Chidyamakono made history after they were able to defend their Under-17 Copa Coca-Cola girls’ title for the third time in a row after beating St Francis 1-0 here yesterday.

On their way to the final the Masvingo team beat Seke High 2-0 while the Mashonaland Central-based St Francis beat Masase High 2-0 in the other semi-final.

For their efforts Chidyamakono walked away with $3 000 while the losing finalists received $2 000.

Chidyamakono coach Yeukai Chiruvu was delighted with the performance of her girls.

“I’m very happy this is a great achievement for our school and Masvingo province as a whole,” she said.

“We are now in the history books of this tournament as you know no school has won this title for three years in a row and our target from now is to maintain our dominance in Zimbabwe for the next few years.

“We played well, but it was a tough game, our opponents were also good but at the end of the day we managed to score the only goal to win the match.” In the boys category, Dewure High put in a classic performance to clinch their second Copa Coca-Cola Under-17 boys title after beating Rujeko High 4-3 after a penalty shoot-out.

Rujeko had themselves to blame after failing to protect their 3-1 lead to allow Dewure to come back into the match which ended 3-3 in regulation time.

Dewure were the first to score through Cardwell Chifamba, however, Rujeko’s Ronald Wadula scored a brace and Bright Nhau weighed in with a goal to make it 3-1.

The Mashonaland Central school failed to defend their lead as Dewure fought back to force the match into a penalty shoot-out after scoring through Odrey Maguchu and Prince Mlanzi.

Dewure received $6 500 while Rujeko got $5 000.

“We are very happy with the performance which I thought was excellent,” Dewure coach Paul Mahwutu said after yesterday’s final.

“Now we are on two titles and we want to continue winning this tournament for people to know that Masvingo Province is the powerhouse of junior football in the country.”

His opposite number Ranga Chatura was happy with the way his team performed despite the defeat.

“Look, this is the first time for us to participate in this tourney and reaching the finals is an achievement.”

Meanwhile, Rujeko’s Wadhula was crowned the overall player of the tournament.

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