ST John’s College were crowned the Conference for Heads of Independent Schools in Zimbabwe (CHISZ) soccer tournament champions following a penalty shootout win over rivals and hosts St George’s College in the final on Saturday.
After a closely-fought one-all stalemate in regulation time, hosts St George’s missed two spot kicks during the shootout to hand victory to St John’s.
St John’s player Nigel Ndlovu was named the Player of the Tournament after an impressive display during the two-day tournament.
Thirteen schools, namely hosts St George’s, Gateway, Watershed College, St John’s, Westridge, Peterhouse, Lomagundi College, Hillcrest, Midlands Christian College, Goldridge, Falcon College, Kyle College and South Eastern College, took part in this year’s tournament.
The CHISZ soccer tournament was founded in 2000 to try and nurture talent among boys attending Association of Trust Schools in Zimbabwe, well known as private schools.
As a way to further incentivize competitiveness and widen the exposure of the players, a team comprising boys who displayed great skill and talent during the tournament was selected to represent a national CHISZ soccer team.
This year the selected team is earmarked to play in Zambia at the Independent Schools of Zambia tournament to be held later this month.