Marlborough Crowned NASH U20 Football Champs

Marlborough High School’s 3-0 drubbing of Chemhanza High School in the PSI NASH U20 Football Finals ensured the Harare boys won the cup at Prince Edward Sunday morning. The Harare Provincial winners Marlborough took over the cup from last year’s victors Churchill who were again participating in 2014.The tournament featured 12 top boys U20 sides from all provinces in the country. Population Services International (PSI) sponsored the tournament as part of their male circumcision “Pinda MuSmart” campaign for young men.Marlborough team manager, Fidelis Maliselo, was elated by the victory and praised his boys for waiting to take chances when they presented themselves. “We sent a message to the boys encouraging them to be patient and that seems to have done the trick for us,” Maliselo told SSN after the victory in the final.As the tournament winners, Marlborough walked away with a thousand dollars in prize money courtesy of PSI with Chemhanza taking home $500 for coming second. Coach Maliselo told SSN the money will be put back into development of football at the high school and hopefully then can continue to produce winners to aid in the national development of the sport. All participating teams were given a full soccer kit for making the tournament which served as NASH U20 2014 finals.

Malborough High School Football team
Malborough High School are the 2014 Pinda MuSmart NASH U20 Champs
Defensive midfielder, Flint Zinyama of Malborough High School was named Player Of The Tournament. Zinyama who scored one of the winning goals in the final says his hope is to play for Dynamos Football Club some day, and his dream is to one day play for the English Premier League side, Chelsea.Unfortunately, the tournament was blemished by five players being disqualified for age cheating with either incorrect documentation or ages outside of the 1995-97 birth year requirement. Coaches alleged that there might have been more instances of cheating not caught among these five, but with letters from participating school heads verifying their team members, it was difficult to prove. NASH President and Head of Pamushana High School in Nyika, Johnson Madhuku was not at all impressed by the age cheating practice:. “Next year we want all the boys playing in the tournament to produce original grade seven results slips, birth certificates as well as national identification cards for the vetting process,” Madhuku told SSN in an interview after the tournament.PSI NASH U20 Boys Football Tournament GroupsGroup A: Rio Tinto Zhombe, Gwanda High School, Conway CollegeGroup B: Hlangabezi High School, Churchill Boys High, Chemhanza High SchoolGroup C: Rujeko High School, Prince Edward School, Gandauta High SchoolGroup D: Marlborough High School, Gutu High School, Gifford High School