Date:05 December 2016 - By: Frank Mavhungu
The 2016 Zama Zama Soccer Challenge was officially launched during a meeting at the Giyani Multi-Purpose Centre on Sunday morning. A total of 50 clubs from Mopani, Vhembe and Gauteng were represented in the meeting.
Thirty-six clubs managed to register for the annual tournament during the meeting.
The rules for the competition were discussed during the meeting. According to the rules, teams will be allowed to effect five substitutions in a game and a red-carded player will be suspended for one match. During the meeting it was announced that a new award will be introduced this year. A fair play cash prize of R300 will be awarded to a team after the tournament.
Individual award winners will each take home cash prizes of R250 as well. The individual awards will be presented to the top goal scorer, referee of the tournament, player of the tournament and goalkeeper of the tournament. Unlike last year, where only the teams that managed to reach the semifinal stage of the tournament were rewarded, teams booted out of the tournament in the quarterfinal stage will take home a cash prize of R1 500 this year. The champions will take home a cash prize of R25 000, a floating trophy and gold medals.
The toss for the preliminary round matches was conducted during Sunday’s meeting. The preliminary round fixtures are: Barcelona FC vs Giyani Super Stars, Madyisa FC vs Lechisa FC, Hunters FC vs Wonder Boys, Nkomo Stars vs Shiluvani Tigers, Mavalani RMB vs Kotoko FC, Juluka Fair Play vs Mninginisi Mighty, Shukhunyani Sunshine vs Simon Liverpool, Jilongo FC vs Big Lion, Ngove Masipala vs Gwambe Hungry Lions, Moonlight Brothers vs Hammy FC, Manchester FC vs Stoney United, Mboni Junior Chiefs vs Mlamula United, Thomo All Stars vs Happy Boys, Dzekula Mighty Stars vs Ngove Bombards, Sikhumba United vs Madungani FC, Wilson Express vs Secha Six, Power United Soccer vs Bucs Tsetse Flies and Silawa Super Stars vs Limpopo Poison.
The preliminary-round matches will be played on Monday, 12 December. The well-known professional soccer referee, Mr Victor Hlungwani, is the founder and sponsor of the tournament.
The founder and sponsor of the tournament, Mr Victory Hlungwani.
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.