St John’s aim to defend title
13 July 2018
ST John’s College football team are aiming to extend their dominance at the Conference for Heads of Independent Schools in Zimbabwe (CHISZ) U16 Soccer tournament tomorrow.
The event is being sponsored by local clothing shop, 4 May.
St John’s, who are hosts of this year’s fourth edition, have won all the previous tournaments since its inception in 2015.
The football team’s coach David Mutendera said while they are cautious with other teams, they are going into the tournament with a winning mentality.
“There are other teams that play very well. Lomagundi College are good, St Georges are also a tough opponent.
“We also have Midlands Christians College who are new and we don’t know their play but we are going into the tournament to win it,” he said.
Mutendera said the tournament has been so helpful into nurturing football players at grassroots level.
“We believe we are doing well in contributing to the development of football in this country with this tournament.
“We don’t only gather to compete but to develop the boys as well,” he said.
Some of the schools that are participating include Peterhouse, Watershed and Westridge.
4May, who are sponsors of the event, have pledged full support to the tournament which they also believe help budding footballers.
“We are so delighted to be associated with such tournaments. We believe this will help the boys and prepare them for competitive football.
“The idea is to develop local football and that can only be achieved if we catch them young. We hope that the tournament will also be attended by big people in football and it’s good for the young boys,” said 4May representative, Boas Marimo.
The upmarket clothing retail is not new to sport sponsorship having been involved in local cricket and Premiership football.