Emthun­zini Wethemba wins Them­balethu Foun­da­tion tour­ney

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EMTHUN­ZINI Wethemba or­phan­age were crowned cham­pi­ons of Them­balethu Foun­da­tion soc­cer tour­na­ment that was held at Mzi­likazi High school on Mon­day.

Emthun­zini beat Fi­l­abusi 1-0 in the fi­nal thanks to a goal from Mduduzi Moyo.

Four or­phan­age homes, Emthun­zini Wethemba, SOS Chil­dren’s vil­lage, Fi­l­abusi and Them­biso took part in the tour­na­ment.

Them­balethu Foun­da­tion co-or­di­na­tor, Mayfield Daka, said such tour­na­ments are im­por­tant in the com­mu­nity as they em­power or­phans to nur­ture their tal­ents and re­alise their po­ten­tial.

“As Them­balethu Foun­da­tion we re­alised that these young or­phans are be­ing over­looked by the com­mu­nity, that is why we want to help them re­alise their po­ten­tial.

“Most of them stop play­ing soc­cer when they reach the age of 18 but with this tour­na­ment we want to in­spire them to strive to make it to the top like some play­ers who are in the Premier League but started from such tour­na­ments,” said Daka.

Af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion, Vice Chair­per­son of Bu­l­awayo Am­a­teur Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (BAFA) Charles Chunda handed awards to the fi­nal­ists and four in­di­vid­ual hon­ours.

Moyo was given the top goal scorer award while team­mates, Mai­son Ngu­lube and Henry Khu­malo won the Player of the Tour­na­ment and Goal­keeper of the tour­na­ment awards re­spec­tively. Fi­l­abusi’s Mpil­wenhle Dube was ad­judged the most promis­ing player .

Also grac­ing the tour­na­ment was High­landers Di­vi­sion One coach Melusi Sibanda ,Os­car Mazhambe from Bu­l­awayo Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion, Zifa Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Brian Moyo, Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil com­mit­tee mem­ber Bheki Dlodlo and vet­eran coach Barry Daka. — @khumza­llen

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