N. Richards FC claims victory over Newday FC in Gokwe drug and substance abuse campaign tournament

Ephraim Munhuwei

In a captivating showcase of talent and perseverance, N. Richards FC emerged as the triumphant team in a much-anticipated Division 3 Soccer League match against Newday FC, held at Nyaradza Stadium grounds over the last weekend of October 2023. The tournament, which was organized by the Gokwe Town Council in partnership with various governmental institutions, aimed to combat drug and substance abuse by engaging the youth in sports as a positive alternative.

As part of the tournament, N.Richards FC clinched victories in all their games, securing the first position and winning football kits alongside a ball. Newday FC earned the second position, claiming footballs for their commendable performance. Real Stars FC secured the third position, also winning a football, while Real Monaco FC displayed exceptional teamwork in preparing the playing field and earned a well-deserved ball. Other teams, including Hawkers FC, Young Stars, GTC, Shalom, and Desert Stars, displayed remarkable skills and energy, providing an exhilarating experience for the enthusiastic crowd.

From the onset of the match, it was evident that N. Richards FC was determined to assert their dominance. The team’s cohesive strategy and aggressive approach placed Newday FC Under-19 under immense pressure throughout the game.

Maintaining precise passing and strategic positioning, N. Richards FC was skillfully led by Mcamilan Mudzangwe, who maintained an impressive scoring streak, earning him the title of the tournament’s best player. The incredible forwards showcased exceptional skills, leading to a resounding demonstration of teamwork that evoked enthusiastic cheers from the home supporters and shifted the momentum in N. Richards’ favor. The team continued to display exquisite teamwork, but Newday FC fought back tenaciously. Despite N. Richards FC’s relentless attacks, Newday FC’s defense remained steadfast. However, N. Richards FC celebrated a hard-fought victory, showcasing their cohesive talent and exceptional teamwork.

“Credit goes to the N. Richards FC family for welcoming and supporting me in revitalizing my career. I am truly grateful and will continue to give my best efforts to help the team achieve its season targets,” remarked Mudzangwe during the post-match interview.

Expressing satisfaction with his performance, Mudzangwe expressed his desire to maintain the excellent form he is currently in. “Scoring as a striker is fulfilling because that is my responsibility. Football has its highs and lows, but the key is to stay focused even during tough times. I am thrilled to be in a club where I am rediscovering my scoring abilities once again. I am pushing myself to continue scoring until the end of the season,” he said.

The N. Richards FC supporters were overjoyed, singing, dancing, and chanting the names of their favorite players as they celebrated the well-deserved victory. Fans expressed their admiration for the team’s determination and praised their outstanding performance.

“The team displayed immense determination and skill throughout the match. I am incredibly proud to support and sponsor this amazing team. The players showcased exceptional teamwork and never gave up, even when the game seemed challenging. Moments like these remind us why we love football so much. Congratulations to the entire team and coaching staff. As N. Richards, we say NO to drug and substance abuse,” said N. Richards’s manager, Mr. Mandaza.

“This victory is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our N. Richards FC players. The atmosphere at the stadium was electrifying, with the supporters rallying behind the team every step of the way. It is moments like these that reinforce our belief in the power of unity and teamwork, from the coach to the players. I could not be happier for N. Richards FC, and I cannot wait to see what they will achieve in the next matches. Keep up the fantastic teamwork,” said another N. Richards fan in Gokwe.

Speaking during the post-match interview with this reporter Jemani, the coach of Newday FC, talked about the importance of formulating the club, “Our team was established in 2019 as a social corporate initiative by Newday Pharmacy, under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Mapaone and Stewart Gwatiringa, who serves as the Secretary General. The primary objective of forming the team was to guide the youth in our community and steer them away from engaging in illicit behaviors, particularly drug and substance abuse. Rather than emphasizing results, our focus lies in nurturing responsible behavior among the young individuals that comprise our team.”

He continued, “Newday FC comprises young people from diverse backgrounds, including conductors, vendors, and small-scale entrepreneurs who are striving to achieve success in their lives. The backgrounds of these young individuals serve as an inspiration to our brand, and we take pride in providing them with recreational opportunities while simultaneously fostering a culture that discourages drug and substance abuse. Our goal is to continue aiding the youth in cultivating responsible conduct through sports. As managing directors of Newday FC, we advocate for a zero-tolerance policy towards drug and substance abuse, which is why we allocate time for young individuals to engage in sports, keeping them focused and away from harmful influences.”

With this victory, N. Richards FC has elevated its standing in the Division 3 League, further strengthening its reputation as a dominant force within the league. Their conquest over Newday FC is a testament to their skill, dedication, and unwavering commitment to the sport. This win will undoubtedly serve as a wellspring of encouragement and inspiration as they continue their journey in the Division 3 Soccer League. Fueled by their indomitable spirit and collective teamwork, N. Richards FC aspires to reach greater heights in the upcoming matches.

Benson Moyo, a member of the Department of Sport, Art, and Recreation, emphasized the importance of fitness derived from sports and its role in reducing drug and substance abuse in communities. “As part of the Department of Sport and Recreation, we recognize fitness as a vital component of health, well-being, and longevity. Our focus is on promoting regular exercise and fitness to enhance overall wellness. We prioritize the intrinsic benefits of participation over external rewards, thereby ensuring equal recognition for the top four positions in our awards.”

Moyo also shared the department’s upcoming plans, stating, “We take great pride in our efforts to promote fitness. Towards the end of November, we are organizing a walkathon program where interested individuals will embark on a 20 km walk from Bomba to Cheziya, and participate in a tree-planting activity at Hovano, Cheziya, and St. Paul’s See schools.”

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