FUNDUKULINDA Social Club of Tshabalala won the Trevor Phiri Memorial Trophy for the third time on Monday when they beat Njube Sundowns Select 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out at Sizinda.
The late Trevor Phiri was a former Njube Sundowns players who died in a tragic traffic accident on his way from South Africa on December 18 2009 and the tournament was being played for the fourth year in remembrance of the midfielder.
Former and current Premier Soccer League players gather in Sizinda and Tshabalala every year for the tournament. Phiri grew up in Sizinda.
The two sides entered into a penalty lottery after a 1-1 deadlock in regulation time with Njube Sundowns select getting the first goal through Highlanders striker Ozias Zibande before Fundukulinda, coached by former Chicken Inn coach Mandla Mpofu, equalised through Thomas Chimenya.
Chimenya, Bosso’s Mgcini Sibanda, Abdul Phiri, Gideon Masiku and Wilfred Young converted their spot-kicks in the penalty shoot-out for Fundukulinda while Ndodana Sibanda, Francisco Zekumbawire, Heritein Masuku and Mephius Webb scored for Sundowns.
Zibande, who had scored for Sundowns in regulation time, turned villain as he missed his spot-kick to hand Fundukulinda the trophy.
Chimenya had scored for Fundukulinda as they beat Grills 1-0 in the semi-final while Sundowns beat Nkulumane Bullets 2-1 in the second semi-final with Zekumbawira and Webb on target.
Fundukulinda players were honoured with medals and a trophy for winning the tournament while the family for the late Phiri, including his brother Elson, a former Dynamos player, graced the tournament.
Elson played for the Njube Sundowns select.