Zaka – Panganai High School was last week crowned Chief Nhema trophy champions after a 3 – 2 win over Matara in the finals at Chinorumba High School in Zaka district.
The tournament, which is held yearly and is sponsored by Flexi Mart Supermarket in partnership with Chief Nhema, Rangarirai Bwawanda, attracted 11 schools this year.
The first runner-up in Group A was Panganai, in Group B was Mutsambwa which finished the group stages undefeated and without conceding a goal while Matara was the first runner-up in Group C.
Panganai secured a ticket to the finals after dismissing Mutsambwa by two goals to one in a penalty shoot-out following a goalless draw in the semis.
Matara secured theirs after beating Tsiga with a goal to nil in the semi-finals.
The champions walked away with two soccer kits, boots, socks and a ball. The second team got a soccer kit, boots, socks and a ball while number three and four were given a soccer kit and a ball and the rest of the participants were given a ball each.
Mutsambwa's Kudakwashe Tarume was named player of the tournament while Courage Dembure was crowned the best goalie after serving several penalties.
Admire Ndemo from Panganai went away with the top goal-scorer prize with three goals and Kudakwashe Chimbemu from Matara was the most disciplined player.
Speaking after the tournament, Flexi Mart sales operations director, Wilson Mususa, said he was humbled by the support from their customers in Zaka.
"If you continue supporting us and buying from our shops, then we will not stop coming back with your money and sponsor tournaments like this," said Mususa.
Chief Nhema said the tournament was meant to scout for young talent as well as help the schools with what they need.
"When we were at school, some schools had no balls or kits, so I decided to help them through this sponsorship," said Cheif Nhema.
Lettie Chadamoyo, who stood for the Provincial Education Director (PED) as Guest of Honour, thanked Flexi Mart Supermarkets and Chief Nhema for their unique partnership for the development of sport.
Other schools which participated in the tournament were the host Chinorumba, previous winners St James, Muroyi, Mutevhure, Svingarimwe and Rusere.news