Rio Tinto High School sails to provincial finals

By Asher Manzini

Rio Tinto High School U20 boys’ soccer team has conquered Kwekwe District National Association of Secondary School heads (NASH) games.

Kwekwe High School who are regarded giants, Silobela school Loreto and another Zhombe side Nyaradzo High School who carried the underdog tag all fell by the way side.

“Despite playing the tournament in a bumpy and sandy pitch at Fatima High, Rio Tinto managed to outplay opponents which proved vital in their quest for supremacy.”

After emerging from the group of death Rio Tinto is now proceeding to Zvishavane for provincial finals scheduled for this week.

In the group stages Rio Tinto thumped favorites Kwekwe High school 2-1 a win which enabled them to clinch top spot while Kwekwe high settle for second as they marched to semi-finals.

Rio Tinto and Kwekwe High were both resilient on their way to squeeze a much needed win via the penalty spot kicks respectively against Fatima and Rujeko after stalemates.

It was a final to remember Rio Tinto and Kwekwe High School squared off in the finals.

The Zhombe boys romped to a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Takanatswa Mulenga and Keith Mugwagwa who inspired the team to a much needed victory.

Despite playing the tournament in a bumpy and sandy pitch at Fatima High, Rio Tinto managed to outplay opponents which proved vital in their quest for supremacy.

In an interview with this publication, Head coach Leonard Ngwenya expressed his delight with the boys’ performance throughout the tournament but expects tougher games at the provincial level.

“I am really happy with how the team played which was according to our game plan and they deserve the credit for this victory. We have started preparations already because much work is needed ahead of the provincials,” he said.

Assistant coach Makie Mabena pointed out that the team is going to compete at the highest level although they are inferior to Midlands’s powerhouse Guinea Fowl but expect to give a challenge.

“We are going there to emerge victorious even though it will be difficult as Guinea fowl will also be there but it will be 11 against 11 on the pitch,” he said.

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