One of the favourites to lift the trophy, Sambandou United Professionals FC. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.
The opening matches of the much-awaited Vhanasi Soccer Tournament will be played at the Sambandou United Professionals Grounds next Tuesday, 27 December. The annual event was officially launched during a ceremony held at the DOCC Church building in Sambandou three weeks ago.
The first of the four matches that will be played on the opening day will be between Makuya Try Again and Thengwe Flying Peace and is scheduled to start at 09:00. Gondeni Big Cat will meet Musasenda Big Five in the next fixture, which is scheduled to start at 11:00. SMSA FC and Ngwenani Young Chiefs will follow suit shortly after midday. The day’s programme is to be wrapped up by the match between Phaphama FC and Dipeni FC.
The same number of matches will be played the following day. Matangari High Aims and Tswera Hot Chilies will open the day’s programme at 09:00. The other fixtures scheduled for next Wednesday are Mavunde Hungry Vultures vs Madridtas FC, Anel Real Vikings vs Mashamba Soccer Academy and Sambandou United Professionals vs Berea FC.
Sambandou United Professionals and Madridtas FC are the hot favourites to lift the trophy. This year’s champions will take home R30 000, a floating trophy, gold medals, two soccer balls and a soccer kit. The runners-up will be presented with R15 000, silver medals, two soccer balls and a soccer kit. The team that will finish in the third position will receive R7 000, bronze medals and two soccer balls. Cash amounting to R3 000 and two soccer balls are awaiting the team that will obtain the fourth position.
Mashamba Soccer Academy are the defending champions. They beat Madridtas FC 1-0 in the final last year.
Date:22 December 2022
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.