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Sport - Date: 13 November 2020
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 400
The Tshanzhe Grounds will be a hive of activity this weekend. The quarter-final and final matches of the Mafanya Soccer Tournament will be staged there. The quarter-final matches will be played tomorrow, while the semi-final and final will be seen on Sunday.
Teams that had secured places in the last-8 stage of the tournament are Anel Real Vikings, Tshikundamalema Lurangwe FC, Bashasha Terror Masters, Lukau FC, Dipeni FC, Folovhodwe Stone Breakers, Berea FC and Musasenda Big Five.
Berea FC and Musasenda Big Five will open tomorrow’s programme at 08:00 and will be followed by the match between Anel Real Vikings and Tshikundamalema Lurangwe FC, which is scheduled to start at 10:00. The match between Bashasha Terror Masters and Lukau FC will follow soon afterwards.
Folovhodwe Stone Breakers will test their strength against Dipeni FC, starting at 14:00. Dipeni’s way to the quarter-final stage was rocky and thorny. They beat Thengwe Flying Peace 11-10 in their last-16 stage match. The winner was determined through a penalty shootout. Folovhodwe Stone Breakers crushed Mulodi Freedom Birds 4-0 to secure a place in the quarter-final.
The winner in the match between Berea FC and Musasenda Big Five will meet in the last quarter-final match later in the afternoon. Now that the likes of Khubvi Dangerous Darkies, Khakhu Young Chiefs and Mulodi Freedom Birds are out of the tournament, all eyes will be on Anel Real Vikings, Dipeni FC and Berea FC.
According to one of the organisers of the tournament, Mr Dakalo Ratshitanga, the toss for the semi-final matches will be conducted shortly after the last quarter-final match tomorrow. The first semi-final match is scheduled to kick off at 09:00, while the second one is expected to start at 11:00. The big game is scheduled to start at 15:30.
Mr Ratshitanga again stated that the champions will become R10 000 richer. The runners-up will take home a cash prize of R5 000, while the team that will finish in the third place will be presented with a cash prize of R3 500. An amount of R2 500 is awaiting the team that will obtain the fourth position in the tournament. A local businessman, Mr Sydney Mafanya, after whom the tournament is named, is sponsoring the tournament.
One of the hot favourites, Anel Real Vikings.
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.