NRZ Tigers win Kombani


Zifa Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Division two side NRZ Tigers are this year’s winners of the second edition of the Kombani Africa Knock-out Cup after beating Plumtree Soccer Academy 1-0 at Plumtree High School on Saturday.

NRZ Tigers, who are based in the border town of Plumtree, walked away with $2 000 and a glittering trophy which they wrested away from the inaugural winners of the tournament, Plumtree Soccer Academy.

The academy took home $1 000 for being the losing finalists.

NRZ Tigers dismissed Highlanders Under-19 2-0 in the semi-final while Plumtree Soccer Academy walloped hapless Zifa Bulawayo Province Division Three side Plumtree FC 5-1 in the other semi-final.

Plumtree FC replaced Bulilima Select, who failed to turn up for the tournament.

NRZ Tigers’ Njabulo Sibanda won the Player of the Tournament award and went away $150 richer with teammate Taurai Murangwana grabbing the $100 Goalkeeper of the Tournament award.

Brian Moyo and Zenempilo Khuphe emerged joint top goalscorers with two goals each and were rewarded with $50 respectively.

Bulawayo social football outfit Amavevane were the winners in that category after beating Plumtree Social Soccer Club 3-0 in the final, after having beaten Botswana side Botsalano 3-1 in the semi-final.

Sponsor of the tournament, Charles Moyo, who runs Kombani Lodge and recently offered his facility for a football indaba for the establishment of Zifa league to encompass Plumtree, Bulilima and Mangwe districts, said he was committed to the tournament.

The tournament was attended by guest of honour, National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration co-minister Moses Mzila-Ndlovu, senator Lutho Tapela, Plumtree Town Council town secretary Davis Dumezweni Luthe and Mangwe chief executive officer Nketha Mangoye Dlamini.