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Sport - Date: 23 December 2019
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 2918
Sixteen teams from around Vhembe District are gearing up for the sixth edition of the Vhanasi Annual Soccer Tournament. The tournament was officially launched during a ceremony at the Tshitavha DOCC Church building three weeks ago.
During the ceremony the sponsor of the tournament, Mr Mmbi Munasi, said that this year’s tournament would be the biggest ever in terms of participating teams and the prizes at stake.
According to him, this year’s champions will take home R12 000, a soccer kit, gold medals and a soccer ball. The runners-up will receive R6 000, soccer kit, silver medals and a soccer ball. A cash prize of R3 000, bronze medals and a soccer ball are awaiting the team that will finish in the third spot, while the team that will obtain the fourth position will receive R1 500 and a soccer ball.
Teams booted out of the tournament in the quarter-final stage will each take home a consolation prize of a soccer ball. Individual prizes will be presented to the best player of the tournament, best coach, best midfielder, top goal scorer, best defender, best goalkeeper, most disciplined team and the player who will score the best goal in the tournament.
The toss for the last 16 matches was conducted during the ceremony. The fixtures for the last 16 matches are: Tshwera Hot Chilies vs Luvhimbi Western Stars, Tshilavulu Elite vs Matovha Devoted Stars, Mashamba Soccer Academy vs Shadani Dangerous Scorpions, Sambandou United Professionals vs Phaphama All Stars, Berea FC vs Tshanzhe Pre-Mighty, Dipeni FC vs Mavunde Hungry Vultures, Gondeni Big Cat vs Sambandou Seven Hunters and Mudagasini FC vs Mahunguwi Green Mambas.
The opening matches will be played next Friday, 27 December, while the semi-finals and final are scheduled for Tuesday, 31 December. All matches will be played at the Sambandou United Professionals grounds. Sambandou United Professionals are the defending champions.
The sponsor, Mr Mmbi Munasi.
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.