One of the hot favourites for the championship, United Artists.
The last-16-round matches for the Nunga Avhatakali Soccer Tournament will be played at the Muledzhi grounds in the Mutale area this weekend. Four matches will be played tomorrow, while the same number of matches will be seen on Sunday.
Saturday's programme will be opened by the game between Phile Managa FC and Mavuma FC and is scheduled to kick off at 09:30. Khakhu Fast Eleven will battle it out against Thongwe FC shortly afterwards. Tshandama Try Together and Maheni Devoted Vultures will lock horns shortly after midday. The day’s programme will be wrapped up by the match between Mulodi Santos and United Artists.
United Artists are one of the hot favourites for the championship. Artists finished their 2019/20 league programme on top of Stream A of the MMK Administrators Soccer League. They failed to make the grade in the regional promotional playoffs, following their 0-1 defeat against Rabali Pull Together in their semi-final game.
The opening match on Sunday will be between Tshilamusi Super Eagles and Lurangwe The Angel. Madzivhanani FC are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for their match against Makwali FC. Muledzhi Fire Boys are gearing up for a tough game against Mabila FC. This one is scheduled to start at 13:30. Mulodi Freedom Birds will lock horns with Tshikundamalema Waterfall later in the afternoon.
According to one of the organisers of the tournament, Mr Diwi Netshituni, the champions of the tournament will become R7 000 richer, apart from the floating trophy, gold medals and soccer ball they will receive.
A cash prize of R4 000, silver medals and a soccer ball are awaiting the team that will finish in second position. Teams that will kiss the tournament goodbye in the semi-final stage will each take home a cash prize of R2 000 and a soccer ball. Teams booted out of the tournament in the quarter-final stage will each receive R800 and a soccer ball, while teams reaching the last-16 stage will each be presented with a consolation prize of a soccer ball.
The tournament’s top goal scorer, best midfielder, best defender, youngest player, and the best coach will receive individual awards. A local businessman, Mr Avhatakali Nunga, is the main sponsor of the tournament.
Date:17 December 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.