The draw for the Kombani Africa Knock out four-team soccer tournament scheduled for Plumtree was conducted on Tuesday in the town border with R200 000 up for grabs.
Bulilima Select, Plumtree Football Club, Plumtree Soccer Academy and Highlanders under 19 are the teams who will be aiming to grab the top prize.
The tournament is scheduled for January 2 at Plumtree High School and is financed by Charles Moyo, businessman.
Favourites Highlanders under 19 have been drawn against Plumtree Football Club while Bulilima Select will face Plumtree Academy.
Speaking at the draw, tournament coordinator Wonder Phiri said: “We envisage that the tournament will now be an annual event. We hope and believe that the concept of the tournament will inspire others and change and develop the idea and transform the face of Bulilimamangwe into a positive manner.”
Plumtree Town Council secretary Davis Luthe also said a business is a success when the community aspect is considered.
“Business is business with the community; we need to take the lead in social responsibility. It goes a long way in improving and nurturing soccer,“ he said.
He also said it was necessary to have such tournaments as a lot of the talent could be tapped instead of children migrating to other countries especially Botswana and South Africa.
“Our economy is not yet stable . . . children flock to South Africa and Botswana to look for employment. “We need to create an environment that will nurture and retain children,” he said.
The winners of the tournament will walk away with R6 000 and a trophy, runners up will pocket R2 500 while third and fourth-placed teams will get R1 000 and R500 respectively in addition to medals for all players and officials.
The top goal scorer would be given R300, player of the tournament R400 while the goalkeeper of the tournament will get R300.