HARARE – Hartmann House beat arch rivals St John’s Prep in a thrilling final match to lift Hyundai Under-13 Five-A-Side Soccer trophy last Friday at Hellenic Primary School.
Takunda Chisi scored a brilliant goal in the final fro Hartman which was the difference between the two teams in the final.
On their road to the final, Hartman, who are coached by Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association president Bhekimpilo Nyoni, topped Group D after winning all of their five matches in the first round.
In the semifinals, the Harare school beat Zengeza Primary 5-0 to book the final.
Hartmann House teacher in charge of football, Maurice Kadenge praised his players for an outstanding tournament.
"Our boys have improved their play from last season. A more accurate quick passing game and low powerful shorts on target did the trick at the tournament," Kadenge told the Daily News.
"They played as a team but more communication between players when they are marking opponents still needs to be improved.
“We are all feeling great for the good sportsmanship of fair play on and off the field displayed by our team."
Hartmann forward Taurayi Tugwete won the tournament’s Golden Boot after netting in a remarkable 20 goals.
Hyundai administrator, Trishie Mashanda said the tournament was introduced to identify and nurture talent at grassroots level as well as promote junior development in the country.
“It is our second time being the sponsors of this prestigious tournament and we are happy with our long standing relationship with these schools,” Mashanda told the Daily News.
“We will continue to support the juniors and we are hoping that our sponsorship will promote junior development in the country.
“This will be the future of professional football as all the players who went onto make it for the highest stage are products of such initiatives.”
Hartmann House squad: Takunda Chisi, Gareth Chirawu (captain), Kenneth Mills, Taurayi Tugwete, Fungai Jani, Langton Maunganidze, Zuvarashe Makoni