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A no nonsense Matemera in one of his international assignments

Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Assistant Inspector, Norman Matemera, and Sergeant Major, Luckson Mhara, capped a stellar 2018 football season with flying colours as they were voted Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Referee (CLPSL) and Assistant Referee of the year 2018, respectively.

Matemera, who is the only Zimbabwean referee currently on CAF Elite B panel, was voted the 2018 CLPSL Referee of the year for the first time in his career.

Matemera recently shot to fame for turning down a $USD 10 000 bribe to fix a Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederations Cup game between Deportivo Niefang of Equatorial Guinea and Williamsville AC of Ivory Coast on April 18, 2018 in Equatorial Guinea.

The referee lodged a report to Africa’s football governing body, Confederation of African Football (CAF) also accused the Match Commissioner of coercing him to take the bribe.

Deportivo Niafeng, who won the match in question 2-1, crashed out of the competition on a 3-2 aggregate loss having initially lost 2-0 to the Ivorians in their first leg.

Matemera’s rare ethics earned him headlines across the continent for the abject shenanigans for which he was awarded a whopping US$5000 for the show in his home country by former Zimbabwe Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister, Cde Obert Mpofu, Permanent Secretary of Home Affairs, Mr Melusi Matshiya and Commissioner General of Police, Godwin Matanga.  

Matemera had been promoted to the CAF Elite B panel a year before, in 2017, at a course held in Cameroon.

He is the only centre man among three Zimbabwean referees on the CAF Elite B panel, the level which allows him to handle any other CAF matches except Africa Cup of Nations matches which need members of the CAF Elite A panel. The other two Zimbabwean referees on the same level with Matemera are Assistant Referee, Thomas Kusosa, and the recently promoted lady centre referee, Mercy Mayimbo.

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Reigning Mr ZRP heavy weight body builder, Simbarashe Nyamukondiwa of Depot Province has competed for the first time at Mr Zimbabwe Bodybuilding Heavyweight Championships.

Nyamukondiwa who took part in the Senior Men Bodybuilding Heavy Weight Category, came fifth out of 10, in a competition dominated by foreign based athletes.

It was no mean achievement for the 26-year-old athlete who said his participation has encouraged and motivated him to aim for gold.

The competition held under the auspices of the National Federation of Zimbabwe Body Building and Fitness (NFZBBF) at 7Arts Theatre in Harare attracted the crème de la crème in the sport.

The body builder, however, decried lack of sponsorship which has seen him training with insufficient equipment.

“I was competing with foreign based athletes who have sponsors contrary to my situation where I am sponsoring myself. At the same time, I am using a gym that has old equipment,” he said.

Nyamukondiwa said the competition was tense to the extent that some of the seasoned local based body builders ended up withdrawing from the competition as they were intimidated by the presence of foreign athletes.

“Most of my peers developed cold feet at the eleventh hour after realizing that they were veteran international athletes. As a result, only 10 participants contested for the coveted prize and I was the only local based athlete,” he said.

Champion Mbewe, the Botswana based body builder was the ultimate winner, landing the Mr Zimbabwe title. Paul Goredema came second, while Thembikosi Lunga came third.

Speaking to The Outpost, Nyamukondiwa’s trainer, Alec Jaure, who is also a national Body Building and Fitness Judge and Chairperson of Harare Body Building Association commended the athlete, saying he was a humble student who is willing to learn.

“Nyamukondiwa is taking body building to greater heights and with his potential he is set to be a national champion in the near future,” he said.

One of Zimbabwe Republic Police’s top athlete, Luckson Mhara capped 2017 on a high note after being voted the second referee runner up at the Castle Premier Soccer League Awards held in Harare recently.

Mhara, a Sergeant Major stationed at Harare Central Business District (CBD) Traffic Section was ecstatic about the win but was quick to point out that he is aiming to be the best referee in the country.

“I am happy for the achievement, but my main aim is to improve and scoop better awards in the next season,” he said.

During the just ended season Mhara officiated four international matches. These are Supersport United of South Africa versus Elgeco Plus of Madagascar, Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland versus Platinum Stars of South Africa and Royal United of Rwanda versus Rivers United of Nigeria.

He also presided over two international friendly matches, Zimbabwe versus Zambia and South Africa versus Zambia.

In local premiership, he was also the arbitrator in matches between Dynamos and Caps United and the Chibuku Super Cup Final featuring Harare City and How Mine.

Mhara, who is a Class 1 FIFA Referee and one of ZRP’s brand ambassadors, started refereeing in 2006

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Zimbabwe Republic Police Support Unit Men’s Volleyball team powered past highly fancied University of Zimbabwe side to clinch its first ever Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) Zone VI Championship. The tournament was recently held at Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo.

The final match in the men’s category was an all Zimbabwe affair and it was expected to be a cracker considering that both teams had not lost a match on their way to the final.

Despite losing one of its star players, Keith Machekaire to injury in their first match, ZRP Support Unit displayed classic volleyball with clinical finishes especially from Charles Nyamasve and Cuthbert Sixpence. ZRP Support Unit won all their group matches to finish top of Pool B with 11 points ahead of University of Johannesburg who were on 8 points. Other teams in Pool B were, Indeni from Zambia, Botswana Defence Forces (BDF) VI and Spartans from Zimbabwe.

In quarter finals, ZRP Support Unit locked horns with determined Green Eagles of Zambia. The match proved to be the toughest one, for the team as it was decided in the last set. After leading comfortably in the first two sets, ZRP Support Unit surrendered the lead in fourth set after Green Eagles made a spectacular comeback forcing the match to be decided in the fifth set. In the end, ZRP Support Unit won the match 3-2 earning a place in the semi-final and a ticket to represent CAVB Zone VI at CAVB Club Championship games to be held in Egypt in February 2018.

The semi-final match against Red Skins of Lesotho was not so tough for the star studded ZRP Support Unit. Quickly, they led two sets winning all of them with a considerable margin. However, things briefly fell apart in set number 3 which was won by Red Skins pushing the match to the fourth set where the team from the mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho failed to contain powerful spikes from Mabhinya.

As usual ZRP Support Unit were first to grab the lead in the highly tense final match

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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

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