The two day 5-a-side Castle Lager tournament commenced on Saturday at the RBZ Sports Club, with participating teams from all over the country.
By SportBrief Reporter
The Castle Lager 5-aside tournament which is being held at the RBZ Sports Club, started on a high note on Saturday, with the event well attended by participants and spectators alike.
The tournament featured 14 teams from across all the provinces of the country such as Manicaland, Matbeleland, Mashonaland with the winning team being chosen to represent the country in Zambia where they will compete against other nations like South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Tanzania and the hosts.
The resultant winner in Zambia will get an all-expenses paid trip to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The competition’s local ambassador former Warriors midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha said that he was pleased with the turnout so far.
“The response has been overwhelming, we have had teams from all parts of the country come in looking to win the tournament,” he said.
“Some of these players ply their trade in the lower leagues since there is no 5-aside league in the country but we appreciate the effort they have made in turning up and competing in the tournament.”
Castle Lager brand manager Stanley Meck also weighed in on the need for the nation to have its own 5-a-side league, adding that plans are already underway to establish structures for the league.
“Given the overwhelming response of this tournament, we are already looking into establishing a local 5-a-side league,” said Meck.
The top teams will be seeded on Sunday for the play-offs to decide the team that will represent the country In Zambia.