Thundu Primary School on Wednesday beat Mponda Primary School 4-1 in post-match penalties to clinch 2016 Mayor’s Trophy in Zomba district.
The closely contested encounter which was played at Zomba Community Centre ground saw the two sides tied 1-1 in regulation time. The tournament’s golden boot winner with seven goals, Andrew Ngwale, put Thundu ahead before Jack Mpulula levelled matters.
“We planned well for this game. We knew we would lift the trophy the moment our opponents started playing individual football,” said an excited Thundu sports teacher Bright Kajalika.
His counterpart Steven Nazombe blamed his charges for squandering various scoring opportunities in either half. This was the first Mayor’s Trophy competition since Zomba was declared a city on March 9 2008.
Speaking during prize presentation on behalf of the mayor, Zomba chief executive officer Dyson Jangia appealed to business persons in the city to take part in the organization of next year’s competition.
“We would like to plan well for next year. It requires the business community to support this trophy so that it serves the desired goal of developing football from the grassroots. We need financial support which could make the prizes lucrative,” he emphasised.
Therefore, he hailed the organising committee for the smooth running of the competition, saying: “We never heard of indiscipline from the athletes. It was a well-run event,” Jangia said. n