Bafa ready for fi­nal

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - In­no­cent Kurira Sports Re­porter

THE Bu­l­awayo Am­a­teur Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Bafa) is ready for the Town­shend and Butcher tro­phy fi­nal pit­ting de­fend­ing champions Rebels and Golden Hot­spurs at Bar­boufields out­side grounds on Sun­day.

This year’s tour­na­ment marks the 60th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of the part­ner­ship be­tween Bafa and Town­shend and Butcher.

Bafa vice-chair­man Charles Chunda said prepa­ra­tions for the fi­nal were at an ad­vanced stage and they were ready for an epic fi­nal.

“We are ready for the fi­nal and prepa­ra­tions for the day are well in or­der. We are cer­tainly look­ing for­ward to some beau­ti­ful and en­ter­tain­ing foot­ball. The com­pe­ti­tion has been very tough from the start and we ex­pect the fi­nal to be a re­flec­tion of that. We en­cour­age the teams to up­hold the prin­ci­ple of fair play and may the best team win come Sun­day,” he said.

Golden Hot­spurs go into the game seek­ing to upset the Rebels who have had a fine run on their road to the fi­nal. Rebels joined the tour­na­ment in the quar­ter-fi­nal stage and cruised to a 4-1 win over Vic­tory FC be­fore dis­patch­ing Madamara 2-0 in the semi-fi­nal for a spot in the fi­nal.

Rebels coach Zwelibanzi Gumpo was bullish at the start of the tour­na­ment declar­ing the team’s de­sire to re­tain the tro­phy. His charges have been in top form and are favourites to re­tain the cov­eted tro­phy.

Golden Hot­spurs’ road to the fi­nals saw them beat Vipers 4-2 in the quar­ter-fi­nal be­fore an im­pres­sive 3-1 vic­tory over favourites Safe­guard in the semi-fi­nal.

Safe­guard will bat­tle Madamara in the third place play­off.

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