The Zambezi Lions, a local team to Victoria Falls that is sponsored by ALERT
On the 1st of July, 2012 the Zambezi Lions under 15s went to the Monde rural community were they played against the local team Lion’s Den. Before the match started a presentation was made from the ALERT research technician were he talked on the importance of the African lion and what has been happening to it over the past 20 years. Everyone was in agreement that indeed the lion is a key symbol of Africa, more so with both teams named after this renowned cat and that it’s important that as communities they needed to take positive steps in protecting this declining species.
The aim of this program is that, in future, the Zambezi Lions will be able to conduct the conservation education classes themselves with their opposing teams, giving greater impact of this important message. As part of benefit sharing from the conservation of lions, the team will continue to be rewarded for spreading this message by having their kit and costs covered.
The match started at a blistering pace with the Zambezi Lions matching man for man even though they were a smaller side in terms of age and frame. With twenty minutes gone on the clock in the first half they were the first to draw blood after the referee adjudged a foul in the penalty box and pointed to the penalty spot. The striker picked himself up from the dust and duly converted with a well taken spot kick. With five minutes before the half time break Zambezi Lions increased their lead to two goals when their speedy winger Lolo dribbled past two defenders from the left flank and laid it up for Bukhosi their striker who had the easy task of tapping it into the net.
After the half time break the Zambezi Lions picked up from where they had left off in the first half and scored their 3rd goal just five minutes after play had resumed. Hillary was on target for Zambezi Lions after taking a free kick outside the eighteen area and the Lions Den goalkeeper could only watch motionless as the ball flew past the wall right into the top right corner. However Lion’s Den did not give up so easily as they tried to fight their way back into the match and were rewarded for their efforts when their player of the match Everisto forced his way past two Zambezi lions defenders and slotted one for the homeside.After that it was game on as they tried to claw their way back into the match.However this left their defense exposed and were punished for it when they were caught on the counter attack and Zambezi Lions scored their fourth goal through Aben who had been giving the Lion’s Den defenders a torrid time all afternoon.Lion’s Den then scored their second goal in extra time but it was too little too late.
The match went well and the presentation was well received although the Monde community encouraged us to come more often and also to help their local team Lion’s Den get more game time in the town of Victoria Falls.
Although the Zambezi Lions were playing against a relatively older side they still managed to upstage them beating them by 4 goals to 2 courtesy of their in-form strikers.
Warrick, Bukhosi, Aben, Lolo, Evans, Sani, Shepherd, Gure, Hillary, Mula, Lymon, Mthbisi
Everisto, Perfection, Allen, Collen, Charles, Zibani, Gift, Sidney, Trymore, Thembelani, Raymond, Bulisani, Fanuel, Zibusiso