One of the favourites to lift the trophy, Berea FC. Photo supplied.
The number of participating teams in the Mafanya Soccer Tournament has increased from 16 to 32. This after the organizers succumbed to the pressure from teams who showed a keen interest in taking part in the tournament.
According to one of the organisers, Mr Dakalo Ratshitanga, their original plan was to have 16 teams in the tournament. He revealed that the whole plan was amended during a meeting last Thursday. He stated that many uninvited guests had attended the meeting, apart from the representatives from the 16 teams whose affiliation was already confirmed.
Mr Ratshitanga further said that the uninvited guests had pleaded with the organisers to accommodate their teams in the tournament, and, after listening to their representations, the organising committee finally succumbed to their request.
Eight matches were played at the Tshanzhe Grounds over the past weekend. Teams that had secured places in the last-16 stage of the tournament are: Tshikundamalema Waterfall, Musasenda Big Five, Tswera Hot Chillies, Khubvi Dangerous Darkies, Anel Real Vikings, Mulodi Freedom Birds, Thengwe Flying Peace and Tshikundamalema Lurangwe FC. Four matches will be played tomorrow, while the same number of matches are scheduled for Sunday.
Tomorrow’s fixtures are: Dipeni FC vs Mukondeni Shoeshine FC, Tshipako Hotspurs vs Mudagasini FC, Mavunde Hungry Vultures vs Lukau FC and Folovhodwe Stone Breakers vs Atletico Mutale.
Sunday’s fixtures are: Lukau Hot Aces vs Bashasha Terrors, Lamvi FC vs Matatani Nelson Express, Tshilavulu Elite vs Gwangwatini FC and Berea FC vs Mulodi Santos.
Dipeni FC, Anel Real Vikings, and Berea FC are the hot favourites to win the tournament.
Mr Ratshitanga reiterated that the champions will become R10 000 richer. The runners-up will take home a cash prize of R5 000, while the team that will finish in the third place will be presented with cash prize of R3 500. An amount of R2 500 is awaiting the team that will obtain the fourth position in the tournament.
A local businessman, Mr Sydney Mafanya, after whom the tournament is named, will sponsor it.
Date:29 October 2020 - By: Frank Mavhungu
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.