Shoot­ing Stars de­fend ti­tle at Iny­athi tour­ney

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

SHOOT­ING Stars, the team which High­landers striker Prince Dube turned out for dur­ing his days at Somvubu High School last Tues­day suc­cess­fully de­fended their ti­tle at the Iny­athi New Year’s Day foot­ball tournament played at Badala Busi­ness Cen­tre.

In a well at­tended fi­nal, which saw hun­dreds come out to watch, a first half goal by Wil­fred Jimu was enough for Shoot­ing Stars to over­come Iny­athi Rovers 1-0 and re­tain the tro­phy they won last year. Rovers tried their best to find the equaliser and forced the match into penal­ties but Shoot­ing Stars cap­tain Doubt Moyo was at his best in goals, with an ac­ro­batic save to deny the op­po­nents a goal.

To make it to the fi­nal, Shoot­ing Stars de­feated Bubi 3-2 in the first semi-fi­nal while the sec­ond last-four en­counter be­tween Rovers and last year’s beaten fi­nal­ists Black Swal­lows con­cluded 0-0, with the for­mer win­ning 2-0 on penal­ties.

Shoot­ing Stars walked away with a full foot­ball uni­form, tro­phy, soc­cer ball, gold medals and a mon­e­tary re­ward. Rovers took home a cash prize and sil­ver medals and a soc­cer ball. Bubi and Rovers also got fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives and a soc­cer ball each.

The an­nual tournament, now in its sixth year, is bankrolled by the Moyo broth­ers, Khum­bu­lani and Mphilisi who put in to­tal spon­sor­ship of $2 500. Khum­bu­lani, the High­landers South Africa Sup­port­ers Chap­ter secretary gen­eral owns a con­struc­tion firm in South Africa while Mphilisi runs a cross border trans­port com­pany.

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