HARARE – The Forza Bhora Five-A-Side soccer season came to a close with a nail-biting Serie A final between Shufflers Football Club and Os Tugasat at the Italian Sports Club recently.
Shufflers edged Os Tugas 4-3 in a tense but exciting Season 4 Serie A Cup Final that had all the ingredients of a thrilling match.
The final attracted over 200 spectators pitting two-time champions Os Tugas and Shufflers FC.
Os Tugasat found themselves one-man short after one of their players was sent off for a second bookable offence exerting pressure on Ricky Da Santos and his men.
Zenon Coomer and Petros Magaso quickly took advantage of man advantage to give Shufflers a 4-2 lead.
But with a few minutes to play and a man down, Luis Maio, playing in goal for Os Tugas was replaced by former premiership player Conrad Whitby, who scored a cracker of a goal just before the final whistle to give his team hope of a draw.
However, time was not on their side as Shufflers FC won the double after having already lifted the league title.
Anthony Savo, Forza Bhora and Italian Sports Club committee member said the tournament was a success.
“The whole day was a success, thanks to the Italian Club staff, three match referees, Forza Bhora management and all the teams and spectators that came to support us,” Savo told the Daily News.
“Again the goal of the Forza Bhora Five-A-side soccer league is to bring together all cultures and genders to play with respect and sportsmanship.”
The mood to the main event was set in the early afternoon games where Richard Mann’s Green Mambas were fighting to win the wooden spoon.
Fortunately for them their opposition did not pitch up so they were handed the Wooden Spoon trophy.
The rest of the curtain raiser games were closely fought and set the tone for the main finals of the day.
Firstly, TV Sales Bangers, captained by Joseph Kamasho, grounded out a last minute winner over the PPC Warriors as they won the Plate Shield trophy.
In the Serie C, Bengaz Stars made it three championships in a roll after a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Circolo Italiano.
Bengaz with a full entourage of supporters were clear favourites after winning the two previous encounters.
The home team Circolo Italiano was captained on the day by Mauro Ruprecht as substantive skipper Ant Savo was out with a knee injury.
Even though Circolo Italiano scored the first goal, Bengaz Stars had control of the game and were quickly back in the game to force a 2-2 scoreline at halftime.
There were two late goals at the end of the second half as the match reached regulation time with both teams tied at 3-3. Bengaz went on to win the shootout.
Alpine Bulldozers won the Serie B Cup Final won on penalties after playing out a 3-3 draw in regulation time.