THE stage is set for the annual Jonah Football Tournament on 24 and 25 December with a club sponsored by Warriors striker Prince Dube set to feature in the six-team tourney at Nyabane Primary School in Bulilima, Plumtree.
Dube bankrolls Emganwini Celtics, a local club from the suburb where his mother and siblings are based.
South Africa-based businessman Jonathan Ndlovu, who is in the construction industry and has also been bankrolling primary schools’ tournaments in Bulilima, has set aside R20 000 as prize money for the tournament.
Six teams, Emganwini Celtics, Mainline FC – a Zifa Southern Region club based in Plumtree town – Nyabane, Tshankwa Select, Plumtree Chiefs and Azurri will battle it out in the competition.
“Everything is set for the tournament and even people in Plumtree are really looking forward to this competition.
The tournament will be played in a round robin format.
On Christmas Day we will have the former players who are based in Plumtree play an exhibition select before the final.
“The main purpose of this tournament besides bringing people together to celebrate Christmas is to provide a platform for some of the talented players from Plumtree to expose their talent.
Like I said before, the community of Plumtree yearned for a team that plays in the Zifa Southern Region and we use this tournament to select talented players in rural Plumtree into the Division One side,” Ndlovu said.
Some of the former players invited for the tournament include active coaches, who will help the Plumtree community scout for the best players that will be selected for the border town’s team.
Ex-Zimbabwe international Hebert Dick, who had a playing stint in Poland, will grace the Nyabane tournament.
The tourney makes a comeback after a year’s hiatus due to the Covid -19 pandemic that hit the country early last year.