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Rimbi lift Sports Excellence Trust Cyclone Idai community football trophy

Rimbi Football Club 5-1 Chisumbanje Football Club

RIMBI Football Club from Chipinge produced breathtaking football to sweep aside the challenge of Chisumbanje in the community final of the Sports Excellence Trust Cyclone Idai football tournament held at Takwirira High School in Chipinge on Sunday.

Within the opening seven minutes, Rimbi had torn apart the Chisumbanje defence through crisp movements and accurate passing and raced into a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Raymond Prazi’s sumptuous freekick and Prowess Vengai.

It was 3-0 at the start of the second half when Augustine Zuze finished off another fine move that involved Foreigner Mumbe before Ronald Joseph added the fourth. Chiisumbanje pulled a consolation goal from the spot before Tinashe Ndlovu the put the icing on the cake with the fifth for Rimbi, a few minutes from the end of the match.

The winners received a football kit from the sponsors and a trophy. The prizes were sourced by SET who were represented by its secretary Wellington Mugwagwa at the event.

Dynamos legend July Sharara also attended the two-day finals at the invitation of SET. Sharara helped identify four players, two under 15 and two under 18 who will seconded to famed Harare academy Aces Youth Academy.

Sharara was impressed by the level of play and implored on the players to put behavior and attitude first before anything else.

“You might have the talent, but when you don’t have character and a good attitude towards your parents, teachers, your leaders and peers, you will never make it to the top.

“The talent is definitely abundant here, but what lacks is such tournaments to identify and develop these players and take them for finishing at Aces and other academies.

“Generally talent identification across the country has died but I am happy that we have organizations like the Sports Excellent Trust who have, despite limited resources, taken it upon themselves to fund these tournaments.

“We appreciate their effort and we hope the corporate sector will support them in future tournaments as I have been made aware that the next target area is Chipinge,” said Sharara.

Sharara starred for Dynamos with the likes of Kembo Chunga, David Mandigora, David George, Japhet Mparutsa among others.

The tournament was organized in conjuction with the Platform for Youth and Community Development (PYCD) and was attended by hundreds of football enthusiasts, NASH and Zifa officials, from the local community who braced the hot and dusty conditions over two days to witness their local stars.

The tournament started in October with an initial eight teams-four from schools and four from community before the weekend finals.

SET is chaired by businessman Albert Kamhunga while former Dynamos and Warriors international leftback Harlington Shereni is the vice chairperson. Respected top lawyer Rachael Chibaya and auditor Nyarai Avery are also members of the board while Mugwagwa is the secretary.

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