A demonstration of tight teamwork by Mashonaland East school, Chemhanza High ensured they claimed the title for the second year in a row, walking away with $ 6 500 in prize money after prevailing by 2-0 over Oriel Boys today at Gwanzura Stadium in the U16 Boys Copa Coca Cola Tournament National Final.
There was an electric atmosphere at Gwanzura as multitudes of fans came to witness the prestigious U16 national football tourney, and the final matches between Chidyamakono and St Francis girls’ teams and Chemhanza and Oriel Boys lived up to expectations.
It was the defending champions who had the first attempt at goal as early as the 12th minute after some touches of brilliance involving player of the tournament Tatenda Elvis Mutumba and left wing Manuel Chiwerenga. Chiwerenga sent a high cross to find Guylord Mudanda in a scoring position but with no patience, Mudanda tried a first time shot which went over the bar.
While Chemhanza dominated in the first few minutes of the first half, Oriel Boys took their time to settle into the pace of the game. Oriel had a clear opportunity to score in the 20th minute from a Tawanda Dzumbunu free kick, but missed the target by a few inches. Chemhanza finally broke the deadlock in the 24th minute through a well struck free kick by Chiwerenga after an Oriel defender blocked Mutumba just outside the box. Chiwerenga struck with precision to beat goalkeeper of the tournament Panashe Nyabuyanga, putting the defending champions on course to a consecutive title.