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<p><strong>By Timmy T Maranda</strong><br />
timgweru@yahoo.com</p>

<p>THE much-awaited annual Maimane Alfred Phiri games of the 2019 edition known as the World Cup will get underway on Saturday at Rotary grounds in Alexandra. The official seniors and masters draw was conducted yesterday at the Alexandra Mall. At the draw the seeded teams and new teams were pitted against each in a knockout format that will start over the weekend. All teams where in high spirits and looked set to lift the 2019 edition of the Maimane Alfred Phiri games. The new teams were given the opportunity to book their space in the last 32 from the Maimane Alfred Phiri games 2019 in the preliminary games known as the Confederation Cup on Saturday and Sunday at Rotary grounds. If the preliminary games standard is anything to go by, we are in for a thrilling tournament.</p>

<p>The preliminary games help the new teams and the local organising committee to prepare for the tournament ahead of the main games. This year’s edition promises to be even more exciting with plenty of new teams in the tournament. The tourney has been the talent identification for big clubs and overseas clubs for the past 18 editions. The success story of the Maimane Alfred Phiri games has seen junior’s players and senior players make it professionally. The founder Maimane Phiri said “the tournament gives the opportunity to the players to be scouted and an opportunity to make it big in their careers”. Last year, the final was shown live on Supersport and Soweto Super United claimed the title for the year 2018. However, in the history of the Map Games, no team has won the title and go on to defend their title. Will Soweto Super United will be able to defy the odds and go all the way to defend their title?’</p>

<p>“It makes me proud to see the tournament grow over the years, this baby now has grown so much and will be turning 20 next year,” said Phiri The winners will walk away with R190 000, gold medals and a trophy while the runners- up will pocket R110 000 and bronze medals. The third placed winners will take home R30 000. In the Masters category, there will be outside teams that will participate in the Maimane Alfred Phiri games masters for the first time. The teams will be 32 in this year’s e dition, offering the competitiveness in the master’s category. #ABCgamechangers</p>
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By Timmy T Maranda
timgweru@yahoo.com

THE much-awaited annual Maimane Alfred Phiri games of the 2019 edition known as the World Cup will get underway on Saturday at Rotary grounds in Alexandra. The official seniors and masters draw was conducted yesterday at the Alexandra Mall. At the draw the seeded teams and new teams were pitted against each in a knockout format that will start over the weekend. All teams where in high spirits and looked set to lift the 2019 edition of the Maimane Alfred Phiri games. The new teams were given the opportunity to book their space in the last 32 from the Maimane Alfred Phiri games 2019 in the preliminary games known as the Confederation Cup on Saturday and Sunday at Rotary grounds. If the preliminary games standard is anything to go by, we are in for a thrilling tournament.

The preliminary games help the new teams and the local organising committee to prepare for the tournament ahead of the main games. This year’s edition promises to be even more exciting with plenty of new teams in the tournament. The tourney has been the talent identification for big clubs and overseas clubs for the past 18 editions. The success story of the Maimane Alfred Phiri games has seen junior’s players and senior players make it professionally. The founder Maimane Phiri said “the tournament gives the opportunity to the players to be scouted and an opportunity to make it big in their careers”. Last year, the final was shown live on Supersport and Soweto Super United claimed the title for the year 2018. However, in the history of the Map Games, no team has won the title and go on to defend their title. Will Soweto Super United will be able to defy the odds and go all the way to defend their title?’

“It makes me proud to see the tournament grow over the years, this baby now has grown so much and will be turning 20 next year,” said Phiri The winners will walk away with R190 000, gold medals and a trophy while the runners- up will pocket R110 000 and bronze medals. The third placed winners will take home R30 000. In the Masters category, there will be outside teams that will participate in the Maimane Alfred Phiri games masters for the first time. The teams will be 32 in this year’s e dition, offering the competitiveness in the master’s category. #ABCgamechangers

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