JM Nkomo Cup semis venue moved

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

ZIFA South­ern Re­gion has moved to­day’s semi-fi­nals of the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo In­vi­ta­tional Cup from Lu­veve Sta­dium to Harts­field Ground as their pre­ferred venue hosts a Pre­mier­ship match be­tween Tsholot­sho FC and FC Plat­inum.

Or­gan­is­ers of the tour­na­ment have de­cided to have a dou­ble header, which will see South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League cham­pi­ons, Bulawayo Chiefs, play­ing against Mata­bele­land North Un­der-20 be­fore the Talen Vi­sion and Bulawayo Un­der-20 se­lect en­counter.

Juma Phiri, a mem­ber of the tour­na­ment’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee said: “The venue for the fi­nal has been moved from Lu­veve to Harts­field af­ter Tsholot­sho FC de­cided to play their league match at Lu­veve Sta­dium. We hope foot­ball lovers will come and watch the games. The first match starts at 12PM with the sec­ond game at 3PM.”

Mata­bele­land North Un­der-20 se­lect booked their place in the Trukumb Min­ing En­ter­prises spon­sored tour­na­ment af­ter walk­ing over Cas­myn, who didn’t turn up for their sched­uled game. Chiefs beat ZPC Hwange 5-4 in a penalty shootout af­ter the teams were dead­locked 1-1 in reg­u­la­tion time.

Talen Vi­sion beat Indlovu Iyany­athela 2-1 and Bulawayo Un­der-20 se­lect beat Black Boots 4-3 in a shootout af­ter their game had ended 2-2.

Win­ners of the competition will take home $2 400, with the run­ners-up get­ting $1 500. Los­ing semi­fi­nal­ists will each walk away with $700.

League cham­pi­ons, Chiefs, are favourites to lift the ti­tle and are likely to face Talen Vi­sion in the fi­nal. — @ ZililoR

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