Takudzwa Chitsiga-Sports Reporter
ST Joseph Primary School will play host to the inaugural Chirozvani Family UK Soccer Tournament that will be played at Charandura Growth Point in Chirumhanzu this coming Sunday.
The tournament, which is the brainchild of Chirozvani brothers Lewis and Timothy in conjunction with Kit Aid UK, will see four schools battling it out for trophies, football jerseys and medals.
Going with the theme “Supporting Grassroots Soccer’’, the event has received kit donations from Kit Aid UK who are being partnered by PJ Scouting Agency London as well as AFC Wimbledon.
The festival will have four schools, namely St Joseph, Chikowere, Nyautonge and Chapwanya battling it out in boys’ soccer tournament in a round-robin format.
Chirozvani Family Tournament is sponsored by United Kingdom-based Lewis and Timothy Chirozvani.
After successfully engaging with the schools authorities, the Ministry of Education, the local Member of Parliament and the chief in Chirumhanzi, Lewis said they saw it prudent to have a primary schools’ soccer tournament for a start.
“We are very happy to be hosting our inaugural primary schools sports tournament as we try to find ways to give back to the community where we grew up.
“We have engaged schools in this area to participate in soccer for a start in a bid to support skills nurturing and development.
“There is a lot of untapped talent in the rural areas and we are trying to give them a platform to showcase their talent. I believe there will be more scouts where some raw talent can be identified.
Having done my primary education at St Joseph, I am looking forward to give back to the community. I think there is need to promote sports in the rural areas,” Lewis said.
The tournament will be made an annual tournament and the organisers said they are happy that one of the sponsors, Timothy, is a former footballer who played for Blackpool and CAPS United.