HARARE – Prince Edward School are the champions of the inaugural Hammer and Tongues Invitational Schools Soccer Tournament after beating Mufakose High 2 at St Georges College over the weekend.
Zimbabwe youth international Tino Kadewere scored the all-important goal in the final as Prince Edward edged Mufakose 1-0 in a closely contested final.
That goal ensured that Kadewere eventually walked away with the top goal scorer of the tournament with six goals.
In the semi-finals, the Harare school beat Vainona to storm into them finals, whilst Mufakose accounted for Marondera High School 4-2 in a penalty shootout to book a ticket into the finals.
For their efforts PE walked away with the “Peter Lovemore Trophy” in honour of the late Peter Lovemore, one of the founding Directors of Hammer and Tongues.
The tournament organisers were delighted with the level of competition and hope to see it grow in the coming years.
“We are looking forward to make this tournament an annual event and we are hoping to attract more schools from across the country,” Bhekimplo Nyoni told the Daily News yesterday.
“This is the only way we can develop junior football in the county and the juniors need to have more tournaments like these.
“This will be the future of professional football as all the players who went on to make it for the highest stage are products of such initiatives. We are building capacity for the future.”
Schools which participated in the tournament include St George’s, Westridge, Marondera, Vainona, St John’s, St John’s Chikwaka, Churchill, Christian Brothers College and Kutama.
Goromonzi, Seke 2 High, Peterhouse, Prince Edward, St Paul’s Musami, Gateway, Harare High, Falcon, Mufakose 2 High and St Ignatius were also in attendance.