Charles Nyamasve: A volleyball star in the making
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Being part of a well-polished team with a galaxy of stars in the likes of Keith Machakaire, Radios Mhetu and Cuthbert Sixpence to mention just a few allowed Charles Nyamasve to unleash his very best at the just ended Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) Zone VI tournament which was held in Bulawayo.
Though the team itself was compact and displayed top class volleyball throughout the tournament, Nyamasve earned a name for himself through powerful spikes which became his trademark. For that he was named best attacker for the tournament.
At one moment the 24-year-old from Police General Headquarters (PGHQ) Sports Office almost failed to contain a mob of admirers who wanted to have a selfie snap with him. The admirers were not only fans but also officials and players from other clubs who at least wanted a handshake and a picture with the youthful cop.
Throughout the tournament it became obvious that once the ball is set for him to strike, it was a point. The anxious moment came in the final match where his team ZRP Support Unit locked horns with the fierce University of Zimbabwe (UZ). After falling in third set making it 2-1, ZRP Support Unit needed to win the fourth set to be declared champions as the team led the set comfortably 24-18; it was Nyamasve who delivered a powerful spike which gave his team the much coveted title in CAVB Zone VI.
Nyamasve was identified by his current coach at ZRP Support Unit, Itsanang Abu Basuthu while still playing for Churchill High School.
“I saw him first when he played as a student for Churchill High School. He was very good, so he played for many other clubs before we charmed him to join our club. Together with his teammates, he is a hard worker and surely if he keeps the momentum he is destined for greater things,” said Coach Abu Basuthu.
Nyamasve started playing volley at Vimbai Primary School in Norton while in Grade 6. There he was exceptionally good in the sport that he earned a scholarship for his secondary education at Churchill High School in Harare. Later he also won another Scholarship at Cornway College where he got a call up for the national team.
“I got a call-up for the national team in 2012 for the All Africa Games that were held in Malawi and Botswana. In 2014, I joined ZRP Support Unit Club. So while playing for the club I developed interest to join the ZRP, thus I got attested in 2015,” said Constable Nyamasve.
With ZRP Support Unit, Nyamasve went on to lift Volleyball National League Title four times only missing the title in 2016. In 2017 the team also clinched Harare Volleyball League title.
CAVB Zone success only came in 2017 but in 2014 the team managed to come second at the tournament that was held in Mozambique earning themselves a ticket to Tunisia for CAVB Club Championships in 2015.
Throughout his volleyball career, Nyamasve has won so many individual awards that he cannot list them.
“Individually I have won many awards that I can’t even name all of them but one thing for sure is that every year I am named the best attacker in the National Volleyball League. This year alone I was named best attacker in both the National and Harare Volleyball League and most recently at CAVB Zone VI games,” said Nyamasve.