Zifa con­fi­dent of Chop­pies bankrolled tour­ney

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Reporter

ZIFA vice-pres­i­dent Omega Sibanda is con­fi­dent that su­per­mar­ket chain Chop­pies would soon un­veil a spon­sor­ship pack­age for a re­gional cup tour­na­ment.

Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko hinted in May that a foot­ball tour­na­ment bankrolled by Chop­pies would be un­veiled as part of the su­per­mar­ket chain’s con­tri­bu­tion to the re­vival of Bu­l­awayo through sport.

His son and Chop­pies man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Siqoko­qela Mphoko weighed in say­ing they would con­sult the foot­ball lead­er­ship in the South­ern Re­gion on how and when to run the tour­na­ment. He said the tour­na­ment would be known as the Chop­pies Cup.

How­ever, two months later, foot­ball au­thor­i­ties in the re­gion have still not heard from Chop­pies, but Sibanda is up­beat an an­nounce­ment is im­mi­nent. “We are still to hear from them (Chop­pies), but we are con­fi­dent they will come through. Maybe they are still work­ing on their bud­get, but as Zifa we trust and be­lieve what the Vice Pres­i­dent promised us and we know he will ful­fil his prom­ise,” said Sibanda. It is not clear whether the cup will be con­tested for by Di­vi­sion One teams or the Bu­l­awayo Prov­ince Di­vi­sion Two League. Di­vi­sion One teams stretch up to Mata­bele­land North, while Di­vi­sion Two com­prises of Bu­l­awayo-based teams. The Di­vi­sion Two League last held a tour­na­ment more than 10 years ago.

Siqoko­qela Mphoko

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