The 2018 Onias Kadewere under 14 tournament attracted 10 teams as juniors battled for honours in an event that seeks to give back to the community and honour the legacy of the late junior football administrator.
The tournament attracted 10 teams, four teams from the High Glen district, three teams from Harare Province Junior League, Dzivarasekwa 2 High, Kadir Academy, Real Sense Academy, two teams from the Harare Elite League Junior Province Rama and Dynamos.
The teams were split into two groups of five.
The tournament was played on a round-robin basis with the top two teams progressing to the finals.
There were individual prizes and team prizes donated by the Kadewere family led by French based Tinotenda, son to the late Onias.
“I am a product of this junior development programme and it gives me great pleasure to be associated with them. The tourney is an opportunity for me to give back to the community and hopefully inspires one or two youngsters that they can make a living through football and at the same time honour the memory of my father, a founder and former chairman of the Harare League,” said Tinotenda Kadewere.
Guest of honour, newly elected ZIFA board member Sugar Chagonda said the aims and objectives of the tournament resonate well with the new thrust by the country football mother body of restructuring and reviving junior football which is the bedrock of Zimbabwean football.
“This is in line with our thrust to revive and restructure junior football in the country. If only more corporates and individuals could join hands and follow suit. Junior football development future of Zimbabwean football,” he said.
Nelly, a sister to the late Kadewere said she is proud that the pride, passion and values espoused by her late brother Onias were being preserved and his legacy continues to live on through the efforts of his children.
“I am happy that his legacy lives on and that I helped to establish such a vibrant league for junior football. The first trophy Onias introduced in junior football got it from me, even though I had no clue about football, I am happy I understand what football is and means,” said Nelly.
Several prominent football and sports personalities attended the tournament played at the Takashinga Cricket Club and “Mazigos” as the Zimbabwe Grounds are popularly known.
The tournament is an annual event held in honour and memory of the late junior football administrator and founder of High Glen Junior Football League Onias Kadewere who died in 2015.