Date:21 April 2017 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Only the semi-final matches of the Victra Easter Soccer Tournament were played at the Vhufuli Gooldville grounds last Saturday. The final, which was scheduled to kick off at 15:00, was postponed until next Thursday, April 27, due to heavy rain which fell during the semi-finals.
The winner in the first semi-final match between Gooldville Young Tigers and Tshitereke Citizen Stars was determined through penalty shoot-out. This was necessary after the teams played to a 1-1 draw during the regulation time. Gooldville beat Stars 5-4 to secure a place in the final. Masters beat Domboni 2-1 in the second semi-final.
Although the second semi-final was also played to the finish, the pitch was so slippery that the organisers, together with the sponsors, felt that staging the final on the same day would be a big risk to the safety of the players.
During a meeting held shortly after the match between Masters and Domboni, it was decided that the final would be played at the same venue next Thursday. The final is scheduled to kick off at 15:00.
The champions will receive a floating trophy, R3 500, gold medals, two soccer balls and a soccer kit. The runners-up will take home R1 800, a soccer kit, silver medals and two soccer balls. The third placed side will receive R750 and two soccer balls while the fourth placed side will be presented with R650 and two soccer balls.
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.