The Kombani Africa Knock-out Cup, held in Plumtree will this year grow bigger with the organisers expecting to pour in more than $30 000 into the competition.
This year’s tournament to be held on December 24, will involve four teams, last year’s winners Plumtree Soccer Academy, Bulilima Select, Highlanders Under-19 and another local team, which has to win a preliminary round that will be held at Plumtree High School tomorrow.
Co-ordinator of the competition, Faith Dube yesterday said more teams will be involved this year and the budget so far had surpassed $30 000.
“Our budget this year will be higher because we are having more teams. We have not finalised everything but we are now at $30 000. The tournament on Saturday (tomorrow), will see one team emerge that will take part in the finals that will be held on December 24,” Dube said.
Four teams, Zifa Bulawayo Metropolitan province Division Two side NRZ Tigers, Division Three outfit Plumtree FC, an army team Amaganyana and a local team Amagwala will battle it out tomorrow to book a place in the finals.
Dube said a draw for the final tournament will be held on December 3, where football stakeholders in Plumtree will also discuss football in the area.
“On December 3, a draw for the final will be held and on that day, football stakeholders will discuss the state of football in Plumtree as we are advocating for a Zifa District League to encompass Bulilima, Mangwe and Plumtree Town,” Dube said.
Women’s Super League Bulawayo football giants Inline Academy and New Orleans would be curtain-raisers to the final of the tournament to be held on December 24.
Two social football clubs from Botswana, Amavevane Social Club and Plumtree Social Club have also been invited and will play some matches on the day before the main final.
Last year’s tournament was bankrolled to the tune of R200 000 by Kombani Lodge owner Charles Moyo.