Parliament open day tournament lives up to its billing

It was a refreshing day at the Prince Edward grounds as members of Parliament held a first of its kind sports day on Friday.

By Carlo Chikomba

The Members of Parliament took a day off from their office duties to participate in a number of sporting activities at the Prince Edward grounds in the capital on Friday.

In a tournament aimed at harnessing peace and unity, the honourable ladies and gentleman who are usually clad in suits and formal shoes traded their business attire for jerseys and soccer boots as they participated in a number of sporting events which were mainly volleyball, netball and football.

The football tournament consisted of four teams which were the UNDP, Ministry of Finance, Members of Parliament (MP’s) and the Parliamentary staff.

The games kicked off at the semi-final stage with the UNDP team facing the Ministry of Finance while the MP’s took on the Parliamentary staff.

The UNDP made short work of the Ministry of Finance, ruthlessly dispatching the proverbial moneybags by 4 goals to nil. I guess money can’t win you matches after all it would seem.(sic)

On the other end though, it was a tighter affair between the MP’s and the Parliamentary Staff. Although the Staff raced to a three goal lead, the MP’s mounted a second half mini resurgence, with Mutasa Central MP Trevor Saruwaka the pick of the Parliament members as his second half brace ensured a nervy finish to the game.

However, the Parliamentary Staff managed to hold on to their lead and booked a place in the final where they went on to face UNDP.

Although, the semi-final encounter produced plenty of goals much could not be said of the final as it was a rather cagey affair with both sides shy in front of goals and the Parliamentary Staff in particular, missing some great chances to go ahead.

Since nil all scoreline at the end of normal time meant nothing could separate the two teams, the match had to go into penalties.

Eventually, it was the host team the Parliamentary Staff who emerged victors of the penalty shoot-out, winning 4-3 and laying claim to the tournament’s football trophy.

All in all, the games were well attended as the grounds were abuzz with support for the various teams that were in attendance.

Winners of the tournament walked away with trophies, T-shirts and medals sponsored by Netone, Croco Motors and other stakeholders.

Image Credit: Herald

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