Ajax Academy lifts Mai Hondo Cup

The Manica Post - - Sport - Lib­erty Dube Sport Correspondent

HARARE-BASED ju­nior soccer academy Ajax Academy are this year’s win­ners of the Mai Hondo Un­der-15 Soccer Tour­na­ment af­ter gor­ing La Sakubva 2-1 in a thrilling boys soccer fi­nal match played at Sakubva Sta­dium last Satur­day.

The tour­na­ment, which brought to­gether peo­ple from all walks of life, ended on a high note with Nya­mauru High School beat­ing Mutare City in the women soccer fi­nals.

A to­tal of 18 boys’ teams and four girls’ soccer out­fits bat­tled for supremacy on the soccer field, while they also got the op­por­tu­nity to get coun­selling on HIV and Aids by the Na­tional Aids Coun­cil of Zim­babwe.

All quar­ter-fi­nal­ists for the boys tour­ney re­ceived soccer kits.

A match pit­ting booz­ers’ out­fits Pro­tec­tor Rangers and Mutare Leg­ends, who played as cur­tain-rais­ers, added glitz to the match. The lat­ter won 2-1.

Or­gan­is­ers of the event paid tribute to spon­sors who came aboard with spon­sor­ship in cash and kind, for in­stance the Ro­tary Club of Mutare, who handed over 20 balls.

For­mer East­ern Lions chair­man Fran­cis Mabika, who was the guest of hon­our, un­der­scored the im­por­tance of dis­ci­pline and obe­di­ence if ever one needs to ex­cel in soccer and in life.

“I have wit­nessed great tal­ent go­ing to the waste be­cause of lack of self-dis­ci­pline and it is quite ob­vi­ous that if you lack that self-dis­ci­pline you will sub­se­quently fail in obe­di­ence too. Use your gifts to the best of your abil­i­ties, for wasted tal­ent will yield noth­ing.

He urged youths to de­sist from en­gag­ing in so­cial ills such as drug abuse and pros­ti­tu­tion.

The youths par­tic­i­pat­ing in this tour­na­ment were pre­dom­i­nantly from un­der­priv­i­leged ar­eas and sub­urbs of Mutare where drug and al­co­hol abuse is rife, noted Bless­ing Mutsaka, one of the or­gan­is­ers. Soccer can, there­fore, oc­cupy and in­flu­ence the youth to stay away from such vices, he said.

Ajax Academy play­ers and of­fi­cials bask in the glory of lift­ing the Mai Hondo Soccer Tour­na­ment tro­phy at Sakubva Sta­dium last Satur­day

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