A new Musona emerges

A SPIRING footballer Tedious Musona (pictured in green) hopes one day he will be the talk of the nation by leading the Warriors to future Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

The 16-year-old was the toast of the Umaanian Kingdom Founder’s Gala closed championships after guiding his side Umaa Zimbabwe (Marondera) “A” Level to victory.

The Form Four student at the Marondera “A” Level School scored two goals in the semis and the final to lift the 2016 edition of the closed championships last week.

Tedious, who is not related to Warriors star forward Knowledge Musona, walked away with the Golden Boot award for scoring the highest number of goals during the tournament.

Musona, who is comfortable playing on either wings, left or right believes he has what it takes to pursue football as a professional career following his exploits.

“It was a tight tournament and we had to work hard and get our tactics spot-on. We trained intensively and were very committed throughout the tournament,” Musona said of the final.

“The games we played during the round-robin stage were mere walkovers against familiar opposition and home advantage also helped as we knew the terrain very well.”

The fledgling footballer has set his sights on emulating the KV Oostende forward, whose goals helped Zimbabwe qualify for their first Africa Cup of Nations finals in ten years last week.

“I think the future is bright and I would want to try a career in football who knows I may be the country’s next big Musona after Knowledge and Walter,” Tedious said with a smile on his face.

“I’m more comfortable playing soccer more than anything else and winning the final and lifting the top goal scorer award was a dream come true for me but many thanks to my teammates and the coaching staff.”

Harare’s Elite were the losing finalists. The soccer category also saw Umaanian Kingdom from Marondera’s Yellow City and Umaa Masasa, Harare (A Level) and Umaa Agriculture, Chihota (Professionals) taking part in the tournament.

Umma founder Cleopas Kundiona said he was happy with the turn of events, adding that they are looking to add rugby in next year’s gala.

“The co-curricular activity is essential to each child and human being, especially in education it is a part of our education in our schools and we want to encourage all schools to take it because it brings the human body fitness and also unites the mind and body,” Kundiona said.

“We are quite happy because the children have been able to compete and the fairness within the charges, and within all the games.

“We want to improve on the basketball and preparing the ground for rugby for next year. Besides football, the event also featured volleyball, netball, basketball, chess as well as public speaking among other disciplines.
Harare’s Elite emerged the overall winners after outpacing every other institute on points. — Austin Karonga

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