ZNA gross $100k from tour­ney

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Te­dious Manyepo Harare Bu­reau

THE ZIM­BABWE Na­tional Army Char­i­ties have grossed in ex­cess of $100 000 out of its eight-team Com­man­der ZNA Char­i­ties tour­na­ment which was won by High­landers on Sun­day at Bar­bour­fields.

Bosso be­came the first team to de­fend the tro­phy af­ter beat­ing Harare City 4-2 on penal­ties.

The math had ended goal­less in time.

On Sun­day, Dutch coach Erol Ak­bay em­ployed his rope-a-dope style, with High­landers sit­ting back for long pe­ri­ods be­fore they showed com­po­sure in the shootout to beat Moses Chunga’s men.

Bosso took home $12 000 while the Sun­shine Boys, who dom­i­nated for large parts of the game only to be let down by poor fin­ish­ing, took home $8 000.

It was a match in which young Bosso ‘keeper Pros­per Matutu im­pressed as he was the hero dur­ing reg­u­la­tion reg­u­la­tion time and in the shootout.

“I badly needed to win the ZNA shield es­pe­cially to heal the wounds of that In­de­pen­dence Cup loss to Chicken Inn,” said Ak­bay.

“I have al­ways trusted Matutu and I thrust him into the line-up and he re­paid the faith.

“I think he is poised to be­come one of the best goal­keep­ers in the coun­try.”

While it was ju­bi­la­tion for High­landers, it was even sweeter for the tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers who hit their tar­get not only from the fi­nal match on Sun­day but from the en­tire tour­na­ment.

The fi­nal match grossed around $23 000 af­ter about 5 500 spec­ta­tors paid their way into the sta­dium.

ZNA Char­i­ties Sec­re­tar­iat Staff Of­fi­cer Grade One, Fabion Chi­tungo, said he was happy that his or­gan­i­sa­tion’s dreams had come true.

“As the or­gan­is­ers, I should say we are very much happy that we man­aged to re­alise about $100 000 from the tour­na­ment be­fore de­duc­tions.

“We are now left with over $60 000 for the five char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions we have in the army.

“This was af­ter we paid the par­tic­i­pants and all other service providers,” he said.

Chi­tungo ap­plauded the Premier Soc­cer League and the fans for hav­ing made the tour­na­ment a suc­cess.

“We owe the great suc­cess of the tour­na­ment to PSL and soc­cer fans who went out of their way to make sure they gave us the will to carry on.

“PSL found a way of squeez­ing our games on their al­ready con­gested cal­en­dar. The clubs sac­ri­ficed and the fans were awe­some.

“The spirit which all soc­cer stake­hold­ers showed is an in­di­ca­tion of how Zim­bab­weans feel for the un­der­priv­i­leged mem­bers of the so­ci­ety,” said Chi­tungo.

He said that the money re­alised from the tour­na­ment will be chan­nelled to the in­tended ben­e­fi­cia­ries as soon as pos­si­ble.

The tour­na­ment in­volved eight teams which in­clude, crowd-pullers Dy­namos, Caps United and Bosso as well as league cham­pi­ons Chicken Inn.

FC Plat­inum, ZPC Kariba, Harare City and How Mine also took part in the com­pe­ti­tion.

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