Town­shend and Butcher soccer tour­ney be­gins

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

THE 59th edi­tion of the Town­shend and Butcher soccer tour­na­ment roared to life at the Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium out­side grounds on Sun­day, with all Bulawayo Amateur Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Bafa) teams tak­ing part.

Mpilo United cruised into the quar­ter-fi­nals af­ter beat­ing NGA Chron­i­cle 13-12 in a hair-rais­ing penalty shootout af­ter both teams had failed to break the 2-2 dead­lock in reg­u­la­tion time.

Lad­uma beat SBC Fal­cons 3-1 in one of the day’s thrilling matches. De­spite go­ing to the breather lead­ing 1-0 through a 20th minute goal by Em­manuel Mu­garurwa, Fal­cons did not know what hit them in the sec­ond half as Lad­uma came back su­per charged.

Sipho Banda opened the flood­gates in the 62nd minute with a well-ex­e­cuted shot that beat the Fal­cons’ goal­keeper all sys­tems out.

Njab­ulo Mpofu added the sec­ond in the 85th minute be­fore Philisani Moyo sealed vic­tory with an 89th minute strike. In an­other game, Anolle Cast­ings suc­cumbed to a 4-2 de­feat to Safe­guard, while Madamara beat Eleven Stars 3-1. Rebels were in a mean mood as they crushed Se­curico 7-0. Crusaders beat Dy­namic Diesel 3-2, Unity Vil­lage edged Vipers 1-0 and Seven War­riors suf­fered a 0-3 de­feat to United FC.

“We are happy with how the tour­na­ment started and we hope play­ers will keep up the spirit they dis­played on Sun­day un­til the com­pe­ti­tion ends,” said Bafa vicechair­man Charles Chunda.

The quar­ter fi­nals will be played on Septem­ber 4 at the same venue.

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