Vic Falls Tigers lose out on JMN Top 8 tour­na­ment

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

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

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