Mashonaland East champions Chemhanza will face Marlborough in the final of the Nash Pinda muSmart/Ngena kuSmart Under-20 football tournament at Prince Edward High School today.
By Our Staff
A high-rated footballing school in the country, Chemhanza booked their place in the final courtesy of a 4-3 penalty shoot out semifinal win over a battling Conway side. The two teams had settled for a nil all draw in regulation time.
Marlborough, on the other hand recorded a convincing 2-0 win over Rujeko High School, a team that had surprised all and sundry reaching the semifinal without a defeat.
Chemhanza, who started the tournament as favourites alongside defending champions Churchill and hosts Prince Edward kicked off their campaign in emphatic fashion, clobbering a hapless Hlangabeza from Matabeleland North 8-0.
The Mashonaland East champions then lost their next group encounter one nil to Churchill but qualified for the semifinals regardless of the defeat.
In the last eight, Chemhanza got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Masvingo representatives Gutu, earning themselves a semifinal date with Cornway.
Harare’s Marlborough who exhibited some exciting brand of football did not have it easy on their way to the final. Their tournament began in the worst possible manner with a 1-0 loss to Gutu High School before bouncing back with a 3-0 crushing of Gifford from Bulawayo.
Defending champions Churchill were waiting for them in the quarter finals as they laboured to a 4-3 penalty lottery success and had to contend with Rujeko for a place in today’s final.
The tournament began yesterday with 12 teams from all the provinces fighting for the school’s most prestigious competition.
This year’s edition is being sponsored by Population Services International (PSI) under their Pinda muSmart/Ngena kuSmart programme whose aim is to encourage school-going boys to get circumcised.