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ZRP Support Unit (SU)’s male and female Volleyball teams that ply their trade in the Harare Volleyball League recently participated in the 2016 Confederation of African Volleyball Zone VI Senior Club Championships in Swakopmund in Namibia.
The ladies team performed fairly well and reached semi-final stage where they lost and came out fourth overall out of 10 teams. Their male counterparts found the going tough and succumbed in the quarter final stage.
During their grand send-off, Officer Commanding Support Unit (Badger) Senior Assistant Commissioner, Dr Angeline Guvamombe who is also the club’s Patron, urged the contingent of 44 players and officials scheduled to leave for Namibia to carry the badges of the organisation and the nation with pride in their hearts as ambassadors.
“I wish to put it across to you that as you go out there, may it be known to you all that you are no longer bearers of the Support Unit flag only, but representatives of the entire organisation and the nation as a whole, “said Dr Guvamombe.
The men’s and women’s teams attained second and first positions in their respective leagues hence their participation at this year’s Zone VI Tournament. The teams have already qualified to participate for 2017 Confederation of Africa Volleyball Zone VI Champions to be held in Zimbabwe.
The male team has been participating in the Zone VI Championship Tournament since 2012 while their female counterparts participated in 2013 and 2014.
The Confederation of African Volleyball is held annually and Southern African Development Committee (SADC) member countries are its participants. At least top two teams per gender from each country are allowed to participate in the tournament.
The tournament serves as a qualifier for the African Volleyball Championships for the whole continent.
The Support Unit Volleyball teams have won several trophies from different tournaments with the recent achievement being the Commissioner Generals’ Sports Gala Volleyball Championship 2016.
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The ZRP Bulawayo Football Club which is in the ZIFA Southern Region Division 1 recently produced a classic performance to lift the JMN Nkomo Cup after walloping Highlanders FC’s junior soccer club, Bosso90 3-0 in a fierce derby dubbed the JMN Nkomo Trukumb Top 8 knockout competition.
The team took home the JMN Nkomo Cup and US$2 400 prize money, while Bosso90 pocketed US $1 500 for coming second.
ZRP Bulawayo FC which finished fifth (5th ) in ZIFA Southern Region Division one 2016 league season has proved to be a force to reckon with after it knocked out all top four teams to clinch the cup. In quarter final the club dispatched ZIFA Southern Region D1 2016 champions, Bantu Rovers.
ZRP Bulawayo FC went on to beat Amagagasi who finished two places above them in ZIFA Southern Region D1 league. Amagagasi were thrashed 5:3 on penalties.
In finals the club lined up a star studded team to face Bosso90. An array of soccer stars in the ilk of Eriko Phiri-the top goal scorer award winner, Mlungisi Ncube and Kenneth Dube who added a lot value to the victorious ZRP Bulawayo FC.
The losing semi-finalists ZPC Hwange FC and Amagagasi FC managed to grab $700 each. The other teams – Talen Vision, Bantu Rovers, Blackboots and Indlovu Iyanyathela which were booted out of the competition in the first stage were consoled with US$300 each.
In an interview with The Outpost, ZRP Bulawayo FC coach, Roger Ndlovu said he was happy with his team’s performance given that it was their first appearance in the 2016 ZIFA Southern Region D1 League in which they managed to challenge some seasoned clubs. He said that out of the season’s 30 games, featuring 16 teams, his club which finished the season at position five after winning 12, drawing 11 and losing only 07 games. This then gave them the tickect to participate in the tournament which they won.
Following the win at the tournament, the team is already firing warning shots that it won’t be making numbers in the league this season and the coach trusts that the players he has will come to the party.
Insp Ndlovu said that even though they lost some players: to ZRP FC and Kelvin Sibanda to a Botswana’s premier team, he was happy with the breed of players in the team.
“Even though we lost some players, the likes of Kelvin Sibanda who was our play maker to Botswana premier team and three others - Eddy Kasepa, Norman Matika and Mthandazo Banda - to ZRP FC in Harare, we are proud to have the breed of players in our current team,” he said.
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More than 4000 athletes from all police provinces thronged Morris Depot in Harare for the 13th edition of Commissioner General of Police’s Sports Gala. There was stiff competition with no pushovers as more personalities in the organisation proved to be extremely good. With SARPCCO games coming early next year; selectors are going to have a headache in choosing the best athlete to represent Team Zimbabwe as most of the athletes in different disciplines are playing in the national leagues.
Teams battled it out in 17 sporting disciplines namely Athletics, Bodybuilding, Chess, Rugby , Cricket, Darts, Golf, First Aid, Netball, Power lifting, Pool, Shooting, Squash, Soccer men and women, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball men and women. Representatives from provinces managed to elect new executives to run their codes until 2018.
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The sixth edition of the Ernest Kadungure CID tournament, which has become a yearly event for the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) was recently held at Motor Action Sports Club in the capital. Ten teams drawn from the CID in Harare as well as Minerals and Border Control Unit participated.CID Homicide mad light work of HQ United also known as the Rebels when they beat the later 2 - 0 in a final match played at Motor Action Sports Club in Harare.
Homicide known in the CID circles as CID Academy boasted of several seasoned players some of whom had represented CID in the 2016 Commissioner General’s Sports Gala where they won a gold medal and soccer trophy.
In third place was HQ FC who also made light work of former champions, Suburban FC by 4-0 in the third and fourth play offs.
The event was graced by the Ebony Hair Saloon staff who included son of the late National Hero ,Cde Ernest Kadungure - Mr Kumbirayi Kadungure, Senior Manager, Mr Simba Mafoti and the Director, Mr Gregory Peters as well as the CID senior and junior officers who were led by CID Coordinator Northern Region, Assistant Commissioner James Makone who was standing in for the Director CID, Senior Assistant Commissioner Godfrey Munyonga.
Mr Kadungure who was representing Ebony Hair Saloon said he was happy that they have been able to hold the tournament for the past six years and it was his wish to make the tournament bigger which would see all CID stations in the country participating in the event
“This is a social gesture that we in conjunction with our employer, Ebony Hair Saloon came up with just to interact on a social platform with police officers who work so hard to maintain peace in the country. I am happy that we have been able to sponsor it for this long. This is in a way to honour our father who was himself a sports enthusiast and a social person.
“With resources permitting, we would like this tournament to become a national thing where other CID stations will also participate,” he said.
Assistant Commissioner Makone thanked Ebony Hair Saloon for the kind gesture saying that the tournament went a long way in motivating detectives as they took time out from their busy schedules to interact in an off duty environment.
I would like to express my gratitude to our usual sponsor Ebony Hair Saloon who, despite the harsh economic climate, has continued to associate with detectives within Harare and Chitungwiza in as far football is concerned,” he said.
After the speeches and handover ceremony, it was time for pomp and funfair as detectives enjoyed their sweat in the field of play.
Every team that participated did not go empty handed as they had their own share though in much smaller quantities with the top teams reaping more.
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Mashonaland Central’s reign in netball ended this year when they surrendered the trophy to Depot Province who won all their 16 games to finish top of the table in a tournament played on a round robin basis.
Mashonaland Central found the going very tough and did not only surrender the trophy but returned home empty handed as they finished the tournament at a distant seventh with a partly 18 points same as support Unit and Police Protection Unit who were below Mashonaland Central courtesy of a superior goal difference.
Harare Province which is also in the Netball league were the silver medallist after winning 14 of their games, drew one and lost one. In third position was Police General Headquarters who finished on 28 points out of a possible 32.
Bulawayo, Minerals and Border Control Unit were on fourth and fifth positions respectively.
Matebeleland North departed the netball complex without a single win and they got the wooden spoon while Mashonaland West was above them after managing a single win and a draw.
Player of the tournament was won by Cynthia Gamuchirayi of Depot. Priscilla Gadzi of Harare was the first runner up. Primrose Zenda of Bulawayo was the second runner up.
Eventually, Depot Province coach, Talent Museka was named coach of the tournament.