Vic Falls Tigers lose out on JMN Top 8 tournament
VICTORIA Falls Tigers missed out on the opportunity to play in the Zifa Southern Region Division One League’s inaugural Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Top Eight tournament after losing 0-2 to Hwange Juniors in their final match of the season.
Tigers blew an opportunity to participate in the $10 000 Trukumb Mining Enterprises sponsored end of season tournament that will run from December 3-10 after finishing outside the top nine.
With league champions Bantu Rovers, who beat Amagagasi 1-0, not allowed to participate in the tournament, Tigers went into the weekend on position 10 with 35 points, two behind Indlovu Iyanyathela, who were eighth.
Indlovu Iyanyathela lost 1-2 to Bosso 90, but held onto their place after Tigers were beaten and ninth-placed Technosphere played to a 2-2 draw against Talen Vision.
Zifa Southern Region administrator Augustine Ndlovu said eight teams will go for the draw on Friday.
League runners-up Bulawayo Chiefs, who were beaten to the title on the last day of the season by Rovers after playing to a 1-1 stalemate against Ntabazinduna, Amagagasi, ZPC Hwange, ZRP Bulawayo, Talen Vision, Black Boots, Indlovu Iyanyathela and Technosphere go into the hat in Friday’s draw.
With Tigers out of the tournament, Amagagasi and perennial Southern Region Division One League campaigners ZPC Hwange will represent Matabeleland North Province in the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Top Eight competition.
“The season is over and what is left is the final of the John Landa Cup between Bulawayo Chiefs and ZPC Hwange as well as the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Top Eight. The draw for the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Top Eight tournament will be held at the regional office on Friday, November 18.
“Please note that the league winners will not participate in the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Top Eight,” said Ndlovu. — @ZililoR
Omega Sibanda (centre) stresses a point at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Trukumb Mining Enterprises Top Eight Knockout Tournament launch last week