ZB win Paynet Cup

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

RANK out­siders ZB Life tore the form book apart when they claimed the Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Soc­cer League Paynet Cup fol­low­ing a penalty shoot-out vic­tory over Old Mu­tual in the fi­nal at Stan­dard Char­tered Sports Club at the week­end.

The two in­sur­ance teams had — sur­prise fi­nal­ists — fought out a goal­less draw in reg­u­la­tion time be­fore ZB Life pre­vailed 4-1 in the lot­tery.

With 2017 league cham­pi­ons FBC hav­ing tum­bled out at the group stage, and Paynet Cup hold­ers Stan­chart also hav­ing fallen by the way­side af­ter los­ing 1-0 to Old Mu­tual, in the quar­ter-fi­nals, the plat­form had been set for some sur­prise pack­ages to steal the show.

ZB Life also knocked out fan­cied CBZ, who were the 2016 run­ners-up, with a 1-0 tri­umph in the quar­ter-fi­nals and then needed to ride their luck in the penalty lot­tery again in the semi-fi­nals in which they ac­counted for im­pres­sive debu­tants IPEC 5-4.

In the fi­nal ZB Life won the day af­ter Trevor Zi­doro, Vic­tor Matare, Saul Masa­raure and Tawanda Guma con­verted their kicks from the penalty spot.

Matare also claimed the tour­na­ment’s Best Player award while the Old Mu­tual pair of Stephen Reuben and Priv­i­lege Chiteme won the Top Scorer and Best goal­keeper ac­co­lades re­spec­tively.

With tour­na­ment spon­sors Pay­serv hav­ing been im­pressed with the man­ner in which chair­man Kudzai Kwang­wari and his ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee or­gan­ised the games, the 2018 edi­tion looks to be even big­ger with a fully-fledged women tour­ney be­ing mooted.

Pay­serv boss Sib­ert Dube told those who graced the fi­nal week­end of the tour­ney at Stan­chart Sports Club that his com­pany is also happy to play a part in the health and well­ness pro­grammes in the fi­nan­cial ser­vices sec­tor.

“It is an hon­our for me to con­grat­u­late all the teams who par­tic­i­pated in this year’s Paynet Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Soc­cer League Cup tour­na­ment. It is our hope that you en­joyed the games and gained a lot from par­tic­i­pa­tion whether you ended up tro­phy tak­ers or not.

“Hav­ing fought your way to the fi­nals and won, the win­ning team ZB Life As­sur­ance cer­tainly de­serve a big well done.

“Pay­serv is proud to have been part of the tour­na­ment again this year as the spon­sors of this Paynet Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Soc­cer League Cup. For those who don’t know Pay­serv, it is the hold­ing com­pany for Paynet, Au­to­play, Mi­croserv and Soft­serv.

“We are proud again to be part of this year’s tour­na­ment in sup­port of Health and Well­ness for im­proved em­ployee pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“As Pay­serv we be­lieve a healthy workforce is a mo­ti­vated team and a mo­ti­vated team is a pro­duc­tive and ef­fi­cient workforce that is why to­gether with the or­gan­is­ers we made this tour­na­ment big­ger and bet­ter than pre­vi­ous years,’’ Dube said.

Dube also lauded the part­ner­ship be­tween Pay­serv and the Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices sec­tor and urged women from those in­sti­tu­tions to es­tab­lish their teams.

Lo­cal women foot­ball giants Mu­fakose Queens and Cy­clone Stars played in an ex­hi­bi­tion en­counter aimed at in­spir­ing women from the FSS to take up foot­ball and they did not dis­ap­point either in a con­test which Mu­fakose won 1-0.

“Paynet is in part­ner­ship with all fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions in Zim­babwe to pro­vide ef­fi­cient pay­ment so­lu­tions to both cor­po­rate and in­di­vid­ual cus­tomers.

“We play a very sig­nif­i­cant role in sup­port of the na­tional pay­ment sys­tems in trans­mit­ting in ex­cess of $5 bil­lion worth of trans­ac­tions on the Paynet plat­form ev­ery month.

“A spe­cial recog­ni­tion goes to Women’s Soc­cer League ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers and to Mu­fakose Queens and Cy­clone Stars for a spec­tac­u­lar match . . . I hope women in the Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Sec­tor have been in­spired,’’ Dube said.

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