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4 teams clash in revived Collen Nyambiya tourney

by Staff reporter
05 Aug 2017 at 09:20hrs | Views
FOUR academy football teams drawn from Bulawayo, Plumtree, Victoria Falls and Zvishavane will tomorrow converge at Raylton Recreation Club in Bulawayo for the revived Collen Nyambiya Under 14 Soccer tournament.

The tournament, which came into being in 2003, is brain child of Nyambiya who is a former Railstars, Highlanders and Shabanie Mine winger.

Nyambiya's Young Flying Stars Academy are the hosts of the tournament that is also going to feature Allen Redfern Primary School Academy Select (Plumtree), Discovery Select Academy Team (Victoria Falls) and Falcon Crest Academy (Zvishavane).

"The first three editions of the tournament were played in 2003, 2004 and 2005. They were all hosted by Imbizo Primary School which happens to be my former school. The revived tournament will be hosted by Young Flying Stars Academy at Raylton Sports Club. We have decided to invite our friends from Plumtree, Victoria Falls and Zvishavane to come and take part in our fourth edition of the contest," said Nyambiya.

In terms of prizes, Nyambiya said the winners will go home with a full set of playing kit plus a floating trophy.

He added that there will be individual prizes for the Top Goal Scorer, Best Defender, Best Goalkeeper, Best Midfielder, Best Striker, Most Exciting Player, Young Player of the Tournament, Most Disciplined Player, Most Promising Player and that of the Player of the Tournament.

"We are in a rebranding phase and as such we could not come out with lots of prizes for this year's edition. We will need to also cater for the visiting teams' accommodation and meals. However, the next editions will be bigger and better," said Nyambiya who  ventured into coaching in 2011 and worked with trust schools in Bulawayo before starting his academy together with Arnold Nhidza and former Highlanders players Sizabantu Khoza and Master Masiku.

Adolf Muganyi, son to ex-Railstars midfielder, Ackim, is a product of the academy.  He now turns out for Castle Lager Premier Soccer League outfit, How Mine.

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