Preparations for the memorial tournament of the late Chapungu goal keeper Roy Mazingi who died in January this year are at an advanced stage.
All the four teams from the province in the Premier Soccer League are expected to clash at Mandava Stadium this Saturday.
The tournament seeks to raise funds for the young family that he left behind, a wife Martha and two kids aged seven and two months.
The Roy Mazingi memorial will feature Chapungu, FC Platinum, Shabanie and the new kid on the block Nichrut FC.
Coach Norman Mapeza and his charges at FC Platinum will get a chance to get over the disappointment of their early exit from this year’s CAF Champions League where they fell at the first hurdle before they start their title defence in a week’s time after the four-team tournament.
tournament organising Secretary and Chapungu spokesperson Squadron leader Tawanda Zowa said the tournament is their humble way to show the value the clubs attach towards their players’ welfare.
“Apart from raising funds the whole idea is to bring confidence into the other players that they know that at least their teams have their welfare at heart even after their death. We are hosting this tournament to raise funds towards the upkeep of the family of our late goal keeper Roy Mazingi who passed away on the 10th of January this year,” said Zowa.
“The tournament is solely targeted at raising funds to support the family of our late goalkeeper, Roy so all the gate takings will be channelled to the Mazingi family.”
Mazingi died on January 11 this year at the age of 31. He spent five years at Chapungu.
Before that, Mazingi had played for Shabanie Mine and the now-defunct Lancashire Steel.
Tickets to watch the full day action have been pegged at $2 with the first match featuring Chapungu and Shabanie Mine starting at 10am while at 12 noon, Nichrut clash against Premier Soccer League champions FC Platinum.
The final will then kick off at 1500hrs