A TOTAL of 16 teams from Chipinge will battle it out in the Sports Excellence Trust (SET) Cyclone Idai Equipment Support Under 18 Soccer Tournament starting next month.
The launch and draw will be conducted at 12pm on October 5, with the tournament kicking off at the quarterfinal stages at Takwirira High School, the organisers have confirmed.
The tournament was initially scheduled for this Saturday September 21, but could not go ahead as the local community and SET are mourning the death of Headman Forichi.
“The confirmed eight community teams so far are Chisumbanje, Guyo, Chinyamakwakwa, One One FC, Fogo Fogo FC, Esperance FC, Rimbi and Checheche and eight other schools from the surrounding areas.
“This is an all-inclusive Under 18 team because we believe we have to plug the gap between the schools and the community, so schools will provide their usual teams while the community has also not been left out.
“It will start at quarterfinal stage, them the semi-finals and the grand final at a date to be announced. This is for the benefit of the community and schools, we aim to raise sports equipment for them in a big way that involves everyone.
“We had to move the tournament from this weekend to October 5 in honour of the late Headman Forichi, a influential and respected community leader and we felt it will be good for the entire community and us to partake in the burial of the late leader,” said SET secretary Vengai Mugwagwa.
Sports Excellence Trust is a trust that was set up and registered on 15 August 2016 with the aim of raising funds and sponsorship for development and advancement of sports in Zimbabwe, and to ensure transparency and accountability in the management of the sponsorship.
Its vision is to become a world class sports trust which provides quality services to local and international sports partners and enhance sponsor value, creating sponsor confidence and promote good corporate governance
Its major values are Excellency, Professionalism, Accountability, Transparency, Teamwork and Empowerment.
To achieve all this, SET, chaired by renowned businessman Albert Kamhunga, has outlined the below listed objectives:
*To identify, develop, nature and promote talent from grassroots level
*To promote, publicise, market and sponsor selected local and international commitments to be undertaken by the Zimbabwe sports teams.
*To support budgets for individual sportspersons, the local teams and national associations.
*To look after the interests of the sponsors and donors thereby creating a worthwhile value-proposition for the Sponsor involvement in the SPORTS’ commit
*To carry out any of the above objects either alone or in conjunction or association with or as agents of any other charitable or other body or for or in conjunction with the Government.
*To seek and accept donations or subscriptions and to raise and receive funds (whether in cash or in kind and whether movable or immovable property) for the purposes and objects of the Trust generally or for any one or more of the said objects
*To fundraise money for selected teams’ obligations both current and future.
*To merchandise the paraphernalia and Memorabilia for the benefit of the Trust.
Other members of the SET Board of Trustees are top notch lawyer Rachel Chibaya of Rachel Chibaya Law Chambers, former Warriors international leftback Harlington Shereni, who is the vice chairman and accountant and auditor Nyarai Avery.