It will be a Harare affair in the Arenel Nash Under-17 final when hosts Prince Edward lock horns with arch rivals Marlborough today as the curtain for this year’s Arenel Nash U-17 Football tournament comes down in the capital.
The two Harare teams put up a splendid performance to reach the finals with Prince Edward emerging victorious in the group of death which pitted Chemhanza and Manunure.
Prince Edward came into the tournament as underdogs after they were booted out of the tournament at provincial level, but were thrown a lifeline to have another bite of the cherry in the tournament by virtue of being hosts.
The hosts started the two-day tournament on a high note as they beat group favourites Chemhanza 2-0 before upsetting Midlands province representatives Manunure High 1-0 to book a date in the quarter finals with Umzingwane whom they edged 1-0 to secure a semi-final spot with St Francis.
Prince Edward continued with their fine display of football, beating the Mashonaland West representatives 1-0 to secure a final berth today (Sunday) against Marlborough.
Marlborough had their fair share of joy and sadness for the whole afternoon, holding on their nerves to book a place in the finals after posting two draws in the group stage matches against Mzilikazi and Chibi.
Marlborough had to rely on Masvingo representatives Chibi who beat Mzilikazi 2-1 to pave way for them to the quarter finals in which they faced Mosia-Tunya whom they beat 4-2 on penalty shoot-outs after a one-all draw in regulation time.
The Harare Province winner had a tall order in the Semi-finals as they faced tournament favourites Chemhanza and again they needed the dreaded penalty shoot out to secure the final spot. Malborough won 5-4.
Winners of this year’s edition of the Arenel Nash Finals will walk away $5 000 richer.