MTC Sirens traveled the 400-odd kilometers from Nhedziwa to Magaya, Murehwa, to participate at the 3rd RMT Girls Soccer Tournament June 17-19, 2022. Running under the themes #ChildMarriage and #KickOut, the tournament was organized by Rozaria Memorial Trust. The tournament drew teams across Murehwa, Shamva and extended an invitation to The Sirens.
Incorporating Mega Nhanga, RMT's cultural innovation aimed at retooling culture to end child marriages, the two-day tournament drew a decent crowd who cheered on the 16 teams as they battled it out for honors.
Cheered on by MTC scholars and mentors from Mhondoro as well as MTC legal affairs board member, Adv. Knowledge Renzva, The Sirens were determined to make their mark.
Led by captain Kettina Japa and national Under 17 hopeful, Yolanda Shuhwa, The Sirens got off to a perfect start by dispatching hosts Magaya 1-0. Yolanda was on target. Next, The Sirens breezed past Takawira by a 2-0 scoreline. Lister Ngonjo weighed in with a brace. In the third match, The Sirens lost 0-1 to Chemapango. In the fourth match, The Sirens bounced back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Chemhondoro. Topping the group, MTC moved to the quarter-finals to face Kapasura. The match was suspended at 0-0 as it was getting too dark! The next morning, MTC won the rearranged match 3-1. Our goalie, Beverly Mwakachiyei, saved three shots.
The Sirens faced Gono in the semi-finals, posting an emphatic 4-0 scoreline. Ruvarashe and Yolanda each struck once with Kettina scoring a brace. In the final, MTC faced off against Magaya. With no goals scored in regulation time, the match was settled in a penalty shootout. The hosts prevailed on a 4-2 scoreline to lift the winner's shield while The Sirens received silver medals.
Captain Kettina also won Player of the Tournament award while defender Tanaka Makondesa was voted Most Disciplined Player.
The Sirens were also invited to a special Nhanga by Dr. Gumbonzvanda, the African Union Goodwill Ambassador on Ending Child Marriages and founder of Rozaria Memorial Trust.
Way to go, Sirens!