MPOPOMA High School Under-20 boys’ football team coach Babson Ngwenya said the school will work extra hard ahead of the National Association of School Heads (Nash) national finals to be played in Harare this Friday.
The Bulawayo Metropolitan Province champions continued their dominance after dismissing Milton High 1-0 in the finals in the provincial finals played at Gifford on Friday.
“We will work hard in the national finals. Last year we were knocked out at group stages, but this time we are fully armed,” Ngwenya said.
Six schools including Tennyson Hlabangani, Mandwandwe, St Columbus, Mpopoma and Milton took part in the provincial tournament.
Mpopoma’s dominance over other teams saw them booking themselves a ticket to represent Bulawayo in the Nash finals.
The champions were in Pool B together with St Columbus and Mandwandwe while other finalists Milton were in Pool A with Tennyson Hlabangani and Pumula.
Milton who came tops in Pool A, faced runners-up in Pool B St Columbus while Mpopoma, Pool B winners, took Tennyson Hlabangana in the semi-finals.
Mpopoma beat Tennyson 4-0 to cruise to the final.
Milton beat St Columbus 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out after the two sides had settled for a goallees draw in regulation time.
In the national finals, Mpopoma will pin their hopes on Zifa Southern Region Division One side Bulawayo Chiefs’ forward, Toto Banda, who scored five goals in the tournament.
Young stars like Velile Siziba, Brighton Manhere and Derick Chisate who played for Bulawayo in the National Youth Games last month, will also be expected to shine for Mpopoma in the national finals.
Last year Mpopoma beat Hamilton 4-0 in the finals to book their ticket to the national tournament.
In Matabeleland North, Hlangabeza High will represent the province after beating defending champions Gebhuza 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out.
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