We Are Provincial Champions: A Commentary of the Finals

Our Assembly has scooped 2 of the 3 Apostolic Games Trophies that were up for grabs in the 2017 sporting season of Bulawayo North Province. The 3 disciplines included Soccer, Netball and Volleyball. We took lead in Soccer and Netball. The games bring together teams from each assembly who initially are grouped into regions for first round matches. The second round pits 2 winners from each Group. The final round yet again brings the winners from the second round. Our assembly sailed through up to the finals which were then played on the 30th of September at Imbizo Grounds.

This narration was done to celebrate the Soccer final games. September was our month of Better Things. Indeed we closed it in style being the better side….Fine Flour!

By Chamucheka Tirivanhu
Fine flour always bake the best cakes. This was undeniably so in the case of AFM Airport Assembly which is under the spiritual guidance of Pastor and Amai Danda, leaders who are from nowhere but heavenly city of Jerusalem.
Airport AFM Soccer team powered past Mpopoma and City Centre with an identical 2 – 1 score line to clinch the much envied Bulawayo North Provincial Soccer trophy in matches played at Imbizo Barracks today. One could not help but watch starry-eyed off course as masters did their tricks. They possessed a bagful of tricks that mesmerized all but everyone who had thronged the pitch and turned it into a sea of red, blue, green and white colors.

In the semifinal round, Airport battled it out with a stubborn Mpopoma. Airport was awarded a free kick twenty metres outside the box and their midfield maestro Rambanepasi unzipped a ferocious thunderbolt which was too hot for the diminutive Mpopoma goal stopper. He spilled the ball into the path of the tear-away striker, Nyasha, who did justice by unleashing a grasshopper mannered lawn mower during a goal-mouth-melee. The vertically challenged Mpopoma goal keeper caught nothing but 30 September thin air. That was a marvelous display of skill and composure from Nyasha. That solitary priceless goal triggered wild celebrations to the contingent of fans with some performing somewhat acrobatic dances while others gyrated rhythmically displaying nothing but pure joy.
The Airport defence was well-manned by the gigantic Manasa, the short and burly Fraser, the lanky Brian and the goliath-to-be Philip. Rambanepasi, Gwari, Sithole, John, Terrence and Nyasha were all part of the finest grains of flour that baked a delicious cake.

After half time, Airport continued from where they left. They played much to the delight of their fans and dominated all the proceedings in the middle of the park. The unstoppable Nyasha scored another beauty of a goal to cap a dazzling solo effort and condemned Mpopoma into the dustbin of history. Nyasha could have made it 3-0 after he received a neat pass from Sithole and chested the ball down and bulldozed his way through the lion- hearted defenders. With the speed of a taking off aeroplane, he unleashed a thunderbolt which agonizingly flew over the cross bar with the goal minder beaten all systems out. It was easier to score than to miss.

Mpopoma later found a consolation goal and it ended 2-1 in favor of AFM Airport Assembly. That score line meant that Airport had booked a place in the final round against the much fancied City Centre.
It was a mouth-watering encounter between Airport and City Centre. The match was composed of clean passes and sharp strike forces from both sides. The match started off evenly balanced with both teams playing attacking football. However, it was City Centre who surged ahead in the 3rd minute after Airport defence dismally failed to clear their lines after a corner kick.

Airport soldiered on and were rewarded for their effort. Nyasha found the equalizer just before the breather. After half time Airport was a well-lubricated machine with deft touches in the middle of the park. Airport goalkeeper, Tirivanhu, was a man of the moment putting up a scintillating performance between the poles. He put up a five star performance which left many spectators wondering why his name was not in the Premiership League books. Nyasha was at it again. He nailed the final nail on the coffin of City Centre as Airport hammered City Centre 2-1. The way in which City Centre displayed their dribbling skills left many wondering how such a creative and inventive team could end up losers. They were more intent at showing off their dribbling skills forgetting that the best means of winning games are scoring goals. Airport were also well-saved by their impressive goalkeeper, Tirivanhu whose heroics will linger longer in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to eye witness the encounter. After the match, Airport coach, Lovemore Chamunorwa was all smiles and his handsome face was reduced to nothing but a network of creases as he smiled for victory.

(Mr Tirivanhu is the Airport Assembly Administrator)

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