PRINCE Edward striker Tino Kadewere emerged as the biggest winner of the inaugural Hammer and Tongues Peter Lovemore Memorial Under-20 tournament held at Prince Edward on Saturday after scooping two awards.
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The lanky striker was the toast of the two-day tournament, scoring six goals in total, including a hattrick during his team’s 5-0 destruction of St Ignatius College in the quarterfinals and the winner during the final against Mufakose 2 High School.
Kadewere’s performances earned him the tournament’s Golden Boot Award and he was also recognised by his peers, who voted him as the Players’ Player of the tournament.
While Kadewere was outstanding, he was also fortunate to be part of a well-oiled Prince Edward side that didn’t concede a single goal enroute to lifting the inaugural Hammer and Tongues Peter Lovemore Memorial Under-20 tournament title.
Vainona High School, who had earlier knocked out favourites Churchill in the quarterfinals before going down to Prince Edward in the semis, beat Marondera High School 1-0 to clinch third position.
The inaugural Hammer and Tongues Peter Lovemore Memorial Under-20 tournament, which kicked off on Friday, was held in honour of the late auctioneer, racing writer and commentator Peter Lovemore, who passed away in 2010.
The tournament proved to be a success and was graced by household names in local football such as former Warriors coach Norman Mapeza, Aces Soccer Youth Academy director Nigel Munyati, Zimbabwe Junior Football League Association president Zivanayi Chiyangwa among others.
Chiyangwa praised Hammer and Tongues Auctioneers for the sponsorship, adding that they were impressed with the level of competition displayed by the youngsters.
“As the Zimbabwe Junior Football League we want to thank Hammer and Tongues Auctioneers for sponsoring this tournament. We want to call for other corporates to emulate what they have done and support junior football.
“We were also happy with the quality of football displayed by the youngsters. We have identified some youngsters whom we will consider for future assignments by our junior teams,” said Chiyangwa.
St Georges College’s head of football Bright Dzuda said the Hammer and Tongues Peter Lovemore Memorial Under-20 tournament was a success and would become an annual event.
He paid tribute to the St Georges Football Committee which is made up of parents and the sponsors.
lPlayer of the tournament: Zeet Sibanda (Prince Edward)
lGoalkeeper of the tournament: Onismor Matava (Mufakose High 2)
lBest Defender: Lincoln Motsi (Marondera High School)
lBest midfielder: Tendai Mkwati (Mufakose High 2
lBest Striker: Munashe Mazorodze (Falcon High School)
lPlayers’ Player of the tournament: Tino Kadewere (Prince Edward)
lMost Valuable Player Steven Tafirenyika (Vainona High School)
lTop goal scorer: Tino Kadewere (Prince Edward)
lChairman’s Award: Munyaradzi Duri (St Georges College)