THE 2019 SPORTS Excellence Trust (SET) Cyclone Idai football equipment campaign tournament gets underway this weekend (19-20 October) in Chipinge with 16 teams, drawn from schools and the local community, taking part.
The tournament, where Platform for Youth and Community Development (PYCD) is providing logistical support, was launched amid funfare and pomp at Takwirira High School in Chipinge last Saturday, October 5.
Wellington Mugwagwa, the secretary for SET represented the organisers of the first of its kind tournament while a representative from Zifa represented the national association and conducted the draw.
Also in attendance were officials from the National Association of Secondary Heads (NASH) and the local leadership.
The area, famed for grooming top former Zimbabwe champions Dynamos stars like Phillip Marufu and Patrick Khumbula, came out in full force last Saturday, signalling that the tourney was well welcomed by people from all walks of life.
In appreciation of the tournament, a football match was organised by the local community on the day of the launch, unfortunately there was no soccer ball for the game, further highlighting the need to raise sports equipment for the less privileged and Cyclone Idai victims in the area.
Eventually, SET, through Mugwagwa, provided the ball for the match.
The teams were drawn into two groups, A and B, with each group comprising two zones, for the community and schools, to cut down on travelling and distance.
The finals will be staged at Takwirira on November 2 and 3 where top football scouts are expected to be in attendance. Prizes on offer include trophies, soccer balls, football kits and related equipment.
Schools that will take part are Chinyamakwakwa, Guyo, Takwirira, Vheneka, Katanga, Checheche, Rimbi and Mutandahwe while the community is represented by Chisumbanje, Guyo, Chinyamakwakwa, One One FC, Fogo Fogo FC, Esperance FC, Rimbi and Checheche
The finals will be broadcast live on local community radio station Vemuganga while SET will also stream the games live on their Facebook page.
SET is a locally registered organisation that has tasked itself with promoting talent in various spheres of the communities around Zimbabwe.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees is Albert Kamhunga while former Dynamos and Warriors international Harlington Shereni is the deputy. Mugwagwa is the founder and secretary.
Respected top lawyer Rachel Chibaya is also part of the trustees together with auditor Nyarai Avery.