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Football indaba in Plumtree

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Organisers of the Kombani Africa Knockout Cup will tomorrow host a football indaba in Plumtree aimed at the establishment of a Zifa league to encompass Plumtree, Bulilima and Mangwe Districts.

Co-ordinator Faith Dube yesterday said they have invited the Zifa vice-president Ndumiso Gumede and the Premier Soccer League chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele for the meeting.

“We are looking at the possibilities of establishing a Zifa league for Plumtree, Bulilima and Mangwe.
This is a critical issue and we need the support of Zifa council members because we do not have such structures here. In the event of the league coming into fruition obviously Kombani will chip in with sponsorship, but this is not a Kombani only thing. We are just facilitating the indaba, but we want it to be a multi-partnership issue and we have invited various stakeholders,” Dube said.

Also invited for the indaba are Zifa Southern and Central Regions chairpersons Gift Banda and Patrick Hokonya, Southern Region secretary Brian Moyo and various stakeholders from Plumtree, Bulilima and Mangwe.

A draw for this year’s tournament — bankrolled to over $30 000 by businessman Charles Moyo — will also be held tomorrow for the finals which will be played on December 24.

Last year’s winners Plumtree Soccer Academy, Bulilima Select, NRZ Tigers and Highlanders Under-19 will be taking part in the final.

Zifa Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Division Two side NRZ Tigers beat Plumtree Side Amagwala 4-0 on November 12 at Dingumuzi Stadium to qualify for the finals.

On December 24, Bulawayo Women’s Super League sides Inline Academy and New Orleans will curtain raise the finals.

Also featuring on the day will be four social football teams, with two coming from Botswana, Amavevane from Bulawayo and Plumtree Social Soccer Club.

Dube said the prize money for the winners of this year’s tournament will be availed at the launch of this year’s competition tomorrow.

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