Harare council schools tourney reaches climax

HARARE - A share of $20 000 will be up for grabs when eight Harare City Council-run schools battle for honours at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow.

The curtain comes down on the Harare City Council Schools Grassroots tournament with Budiriro 1 Primary School girls’ team opening the proceedings with a semi-final clash against Fundo.

Budiriro 4 Primary School then faces Hatcliff 2 in the other girls’ semi-final before the boys get the ball rolling with a match between Hatcliff 1 Primary School and Kuwandza 4.

Warren Park 4 and Warren Park 5 primary schools then round up the semi-final matches, followed by the finals that will be held at the same venue later in the day.

The winners of the boys’ and girls’ category will walk away with $5 000 each while runners-up will get $3 000.

Semi-final losers will pocket $2 000 each. Schools booted out in the quarter-finals will receive $1 000 while schools that lose in the second and first round will get $500 and $250 respectively.

The tournament started off with 32 municipality-owned schools in both boys and girls categories competing for honours.

Harare City Football Club vice chairman Stanley Ndemera said council will continue to support efforts to groom soccer talent and that this was only a foundation that has always lacked in our football development.

“Our focus is not only to groom talent for Harare City FC, but to develop soccer in Harare to higher levels and this will positively impact on soccer at national level,” said Ndemera.

He added that the City Fathers had already refurbished community grounds and donated 32 goal nets to all council run schools.

“As a football club, we want to end the issue of buying players, we have noted that the standard of football is going down, so there is an urgent need of developing the sport,” said Ndemera.

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