The Sunday News
Mandla Moyo, Sports Reporter
FC STARS signed off on a high note after dispatching Entumbane Bomber in the Bulawayo Social Soccer League Champions of Champions played at Ndola in Iminyela last Sunday.
The two sides, winners in their respective groups, Pool A and B, locked horns to determine who the king of social football is after a long and painful journey that began in March.
Stars once again proved to all and sundry that winning in their respective group was no fluke as they edged a fighting Bombers 5-3 to lift the trophy plus the bragging rights.
Even though bombers tried to throw everything at Stars the difference between the sides were the former Premier Soccer League players at their disposal, the most visible being Chipo Tsodzo among others who made all the difference. Tsodzo came to this ultimate stage still exhibiting his trademark finishing instincts from yester years. During the game he scored a brace in turn propelling his team to glory.
In a third place playoff pitting runners up of Pool A and their counterparts from B, FC Zonke edged 70 Combination 1-0 to claim the third sport. In other matches played on the day Njube Select beat the Executives Select 2-1.
For winning this game FC Stars walked away $200 richer, they were also awarded a floating trophy plus winners medal. At the end of the tournament BSSL chairman Phathisani Khanye was a happy man.
“Overall the tournament went on well, in fact this sixth edition of BSSL ranks as the biggest ever in terms of organisation, team participation and the crowd turn out. Next year we expect it to return even much bigger and better, it is our wish to partner with the corporate world so that they assist these community teams to acquire most of the equipment they need, things like uniform, balls, nets among other issues,” said Khanye.
During the 2018 BSSL season there were 44 participating teams, each group had 22 teams drawn from most of the high density suburbs of Bulawayo plus a few company sponsored teams.