Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports Reporter
INLINE Academy have set their sights on dethroning Thembalethu Women’s Soccer Tournament cup holders, New Orleans in the second edition of the competition to be played at Raylton Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday.
National team and Inline defender Nobuhle Majika said they were ready for their maiden appearance in the tournament. Inline skipped last year’s edition as they were involved in another tournament.
“It looks like this is going to be an interesting tournament and we want to win the trophy. Everyone in our team is looking forward to Saturday. In as much as we want to lift the trophy, we will not be underrating any side but I think the team that can stand in our way to the final is New Orleans. They are the defending champions, they’re a good side and will want to retain the title. This doesn’t mean other teams will be easy opponents. There are no longer easy opponents and we can’t afford to be complacent,” said Majika.
Inline are in Group A with Magwegwe Stars, Ubuntu and Highlanders Royals while New Orleans are in Group B with Sobukhazi, Black Boots and ZRP Bulawayo.
The top two teams from each group will proceed to the semi-finals and are guaranteed 16-set playing kit with socks.
Winners will get an extra playing kit and a trophy.
Tournament organisers have also roped in former Mighty Warriors’ players, Bulawayo-based football legends, Baker’s Inn and Sports Journalists Association (Spoja) Southern Region teams as curtain raisers.
They believe these curtain raisers will help them draw a crowd of about 2 000 girls from around the city, who will also attend a life-skills conference before the start of the tournament on Saturday morning.
This year’s tournament is running under the theme “Change lives and bring hope to girls through football”.