JMN tour­na­ment draw to­day

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

THE draw for the in­au­gu­ral South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Top Eight tour­na­ment will be held at the Zifa re­gional of­fices in Bu­l­awayo this evening.

The $10 000 Trukumb Mining En­ter­prises spon­sored foot­ball jam­boree will run from De­cem­ber 3-10, with eight teams con­test­ing the sil­ver­ware, al­though or­gan­is­ers agreed not to in­clude league win­ners in the event.

“It was all to do with the planned play-offs that had been an­tic­i­pated and so we agreed that win­ners of the league will not be part of this tour­na­ment be­cause we en­vis­aged the tour­na­ment would clash with the pro­mo­tional play-offs,” said Zifa South­ern Re­gion chair­man Musa Man­daza.

The eight teams that will go into the hat this evening are league run­ners-up Bu­l­awayo Chiefs, ZPC Hwange, who will be in­volved in the John Landa Liquor Hub Top Eight fi­nal at Harts­field tomorrow, Ntabazin­duna, Ama­ga­gasi, Talen Vi­sion, Black Boots, Indlovu Iyany­athela, Tech­no­sphere and ZRP Bu­l­awayo. Con­cerns had been raised over the omis­sion of league win­ners, who re­main a Di­vi­sion One af­fil­i­ate un­til the end of the year. “It’s not that this de­ci­sion was tar­geted at Bantu Rovers. It was in our wis­dom that we felt our re­gional win­ners needed all the time to fully con­cen­trate on the play-offs be­cause we want them to win and be pro­moted to the Pre­mier­ship. “All this was reached be­fore we had this pro­mo­tion and rel­e­ga­tion chaos, which is still to be solved by the way,” said Man­daza. He said they had a fruit­ful meet­ing with Bantu Rovers’ gen­eral man­ager Wil­bert Sibanda on Wed­nes­day where they ex­plained the tech­ni­cal­i­ties of hav­ing the cham­pi­ons not par­tic­i­pat­ing in the tour­na­ment. “We briefed him that all we wanted was to pro­tect our win­ners; they just had to con­cen­trate on the play-offs,” Man­daza said. Four coaches from the Czech Repub­lic’s top league will grace the tour­na­ment.

Musa Man­daza

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