Top four teams from Zifa Eastern Region division will this weekend clash in the Diamond Super cup being bankrolled by Zimbabwe Consolidation Diamond Company (ZCDC).
Tenax, Surrey, Masvingo-based Mucheke Pirates and army side Buffalos will clash for supremacy as they prepare for the forthcoming 2018 season which is a few weeks away.
The tournament is a first of its kind in the region as ZCDC adopts a new concept of promoting soccer at grassroots level.
The previous diamond miner, Mbada Diamonds, used to bankroll Mbada Cup to the tune of $1 million but at premiership level.
In the Diamond Super Cup, teams received full kits, medals and balls for the tourney.
The winning team will walk away with $3, 000, first runner up $1, 500 while second runners up will pocket $1, 300.
In the semi-finals to be held on Saturday at Sakubva stadium, Buffalos will clash with Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Service outfit, Tenax, at 12pm.
Mucheke City will lock horns with Surrey at the same venue at 14 00hrs. The winner will then clash in the final on Sunday.
Speaking on the launch of the cup, ZCDC Chief Operating Officer, Rob De Preto, said their company has seen it befitting to plough back into the community where it originated through bankrolling a soccer tourney.
“We will continue to implement a number of social responsibility programmes to empower local people,” said De Preto.
He said they were supporting the growth of soccer in line with government policy to nurture talent at grassroots level.
“Soccer transcends colour, gender and ethnic barriers. Soccer brings people together and even poorest nations forget their worries to cheer their national teams,” he said.
De Preto said he was confident that the tournament will give inspiration and determination to advance and promote soccer in the province.
“Players should take the opportunity to market themselves beyond the division one soccer,” said De Preto.
He said they will partner with City of Mutare to ensure that the tournament is sustained and become an annual event.
Zifa Eastern Region Vice chairman, Cyril Mukewa, said sponsorship was a missing link in the development of soccer in the region.
He underscored the need for the corporate world to emulate ZCDC and channel resources towards sports development and improve the lives of players.Advertisement
“We are elated by this development and we hope that this sponsorship will continue,” said Mukewa.