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Saving souls through football
CHURCH OF ZION CHAIRMAN: Nchidzi Matobo

In a bid to convert young souls and encourage healthy living through sport.

The Head Mountain Church in Zion will hold a four-team tournament in Francistown on Saturday.

The tournament, which will take place at the old Francistown Stadium, features teams from Francistown, Maun, Selibi-Phikwe and Gaborone.

Speaking to Voice Sport on Wednesday afternoon, the event’s Chairperson, Nchidzi Matobo explained the church has seen it fit to use sport to try and draw young people closer to God.

“The aim of the tournament, which we have held at different venues in Francistown since 2009, is to capture young souls for God and also educate them on the benefits of exercise to their health,” said Matobo.

“We have realised that a lot of young people do not attend church.We believe that football is something that can be used to preach to them as most go to games. Besides the youth, we also hope to reach other members of society. Football, as the country’s most popular sport, will bring us in touch with people who never go to church,” continued Matobo hopefully.

The Chairman added that the church will also use the occasion to donate clothes to the Francistown SOS Children’s Village.

“Church members have contributed towards getting the clothes. This is the first time we will be donating anything at the tournament. We chose SOS as the first beneficiary but we intend to help other less privileged groups in the future,” he told Voice Sport.

He went on to say that although there would be no preaching, during his speech the tournament’s guest speaker, Deacon Majaye will touch upon the benefits of having God in your life.

The event starts a seven in the morning, continuing until late into the afternoon.

There will be no prize money but each team will get a trophy for its efforts.