Ndol­wane lift Ubuntu Su­per Cup

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

DRIV­ING down to Du­pute Pri­mary School, some 100km away from Plumtree, one could be mis­taken for think­ing that the area was host­ing a ma­jor foot­ball fi­nal fea­tur­ing some of the best teams in Zim­babwe.

A lot of peo­ple along the way were find­ing their way to the school, which was the venue of Ubuntu Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Su­per Cup, fea­tur­ing six teams made up of Zim­bab­weans based in South Africa. This year was a spe­cial edi­tion, with the tournament cel­e­brat­ing 20 years since it was first com­peted for.

Makhulela, Khame, Ndol­wane, Du­pute United, Bubi and But­she Shin­ing Stars are the teams that took part in the 2018 tournament. Matches were played over two days, 27 and 29 De­cem­ber.

Bubi clob­bered Makhulela 4-1 in the open­ing match of the tournament only to be disqualified for not fol­low­ing the rules, that is to field eight South Africa-based play­ers in their start­ing line-up. Also disqualified for not ad­her­ing to the reg­u­la­tions were Du­pute who had beaten Ndol­wane. Khame de­feated But­she 2-1.

In the semi-fi­nals, Ndol­wane won 4-1 on penal­ties over Makhulela while Khame over­pow­ered But­she 4-3 in sud­den death.

Ndol­wane went on to win a rain af­fected fi­nal 1-0 over Khame, to lift the tro­phy for the seventh time, which makes them the most suc­cess­ful team since the start of the tournament. Due to heavy rain, the match was aban­doned with 14 min­utes left. With Khame in­di­cat­ing that they could not make it the fol­low­ing day to play the re­main­ing time, the match was awarded to Ndol­wane.

For be­ing champions, Ndol­wane were pre­sented with a tro­phy, gold medals and a cash prize of R6 000 with R3 000 be­ing given to Khame. But­she and Makhulela got R1 200 each.

Peo­ple had to pay to get into the venue of the tournament and a sub­stan­tial amount of money was raised from gate tak­ings. Part of the funds raised were handed over to the Lo­cal Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee to give to the school. At­ten­dance on both days was good with an av­er­age 500 pay­ing to get into the venue.

There was also a net­ball tournament which ran at the same time with the foot­ball, which fea­tured lo­cal-based play­ers. But­she won the net­ball com­pe­ti­tion with vic­tory over Makhulela in the fi­nal. For­mer High­landers play­ers, Rah­man Gumbo and Ernest “Maphepha” Sibanda were meant to grace the fi­nal but failed to make it.

@Mdaw­ini_29

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