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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Sergeant Wilfred Mashaya, a martial arts instructor has triumphed in Russia again after bagging three medals at the just ended two-day International Kobudo Martial Arts competition and Samurai Show held in Russia.

Mashaya who was the only African participant among other 100 participants mainly from France, Japan, Malta and Russia at the prestigious event won three medals that included a silver medal in Men Weapon Freestyle and two bronze medals in Munchaku Freestyle and Men Kata.

Furthermore he was awarded certificates that include a Master Degree Second Dan in Kobudo and a Zimbabwe Kobudo Branch Certificate.

Mashaya said triumphing in this annual event in Russia have seen him breaking new ground as the first Zimbabwean and African to be graded and accorded the Master Second Dan Degree Black Belt in World Kobudo.

‘I have also become the Kobudo pioneer in Zimbabwe. This feat of achievement for me in this sport which is mostly dominated by Asian and European participants makes me proud as a martial arts athlete,’ said Mashaya.

He attributed his success in Moscow to intensive training since coming

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ZRP Harare Province Football Club coach, Constable Genesis Mangombe aka Kaka, has became the first Confederation of African Football (CAF) A Licence holder in the Zimbabwe Republic Police football history.

Mangombe was among 30 local coaches who completed the two-week long course which was held at the ZIFA Village in February this year.

This milestone comes after the African Football governing board, CAF made it mandatory for elite coaches to be equipped with modern techniques that assist in transforming football.

For Mangombe, this is only the ‘genesis’ of greater things to come as he hopes to be internationally recognised.

He is now suitable to sit on the coaching bench in the premiership league following new regulations made by ZIFA that only those with the CAF A Licences are eligible.

Despite outcries over CAF fees for the CAF A Licence by many coaches, he had to part with more than $1000 to embark on the programme.

Mangombe was recently appointed football head coach for ZRP Team Zimbabwe in the upcoming Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation(SARPCCO) Games to be held in Lesotho later this year. He is also expected to be unveiled as the head coach for ZRP FC any time soon.

Mangombe said he was very excited for the achievement.

“Being a holder of the CAF A Licence makes me feel honoured and it is a dream come true. It is the love of football that keeps me motivated into achieving such qualifications. I hope to transform football in the organisation with the vast knowledge I have acquired,” he said.

Mangombe was attested into the ZRP in 2005 and became Black Mambas (now ZRP FC) captain. He then retired from the team after a knee injury in 2010. During the same year he attained CAF C and CAF B Coaching Licences.

  

Carnisius ‘Kanavara’ Nyamutsida of Mr Pace Athletics Club and Rudo Mhonderwa of Power House Athletics Club are the winners of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, 2017 Commissioner General of Police 21 Kilometre Road Race which was recently held in Chitungwiza.

The annual race which was held at its traditional venue at Chitungwiza Town Centre attracted 192 athletes -154 males and 38 females - from different clubs and individuals across the country to compete in the event.

It was Kanavara who won it in the men’s category finishing the race in 1.04.12sec shrugging off competition from International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships bound Millen Matende who came second in1.04.58sec. Jacob Mugomeri of Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services had to come third after completing the race in 1.04.54sec.

There was no place for another fierce contender Misheck Sithole who is last year’s edition’s first runner-up and 2017 Tanganda Half Marathon Winner who limped off after pulling a muscle at the start of the race.

Unlike in 2016 where police athletes found the going tough with only one finishing in the top 10, this year’s race saw three police athletes among the winners. Despite competing with a nagging injury, Trust Chidomaya managed fourth position in 1.06.01sec while other police athletes Munyaradzi Jari and Elijah Mabhunu completed the race in 8th and 10th position respectively.

In the ladies category, a new champion was crowned in the name of Rudo Mhonderwa. She won the race 1.15.40sec ahead of Bertha Chikanga of Mr Pace Athletics Club who finished second in 1.16.52 sec.

ZRP’s Olivia Mugove Chitate finished third in 1.17.46sec while her other teammates  Tryphine Picardo and Philippa Dube  took 7th and 10th position in a time of 1.22.17sec and 1.27.29 respectively. Last year’s winner Constance Nyasango did not participate due to an injury.

Veteran athletes and never aging Tabitha Tsatsa and Samukheliso Moyo also completed the race in the top 10 after they took 8th and 9th position respectively.

Trust Chidomaya, Munyaradzi Jari and Elijah Mabhunu conquered in the ZRP Men Open Category while in the women category Olivia Chitate, Tryphine Picardo and Philippa Dube also won prizes in the same order.

In the Wheelchair (men) Category Elford Moyo clinched first prize in 1.03.12sec while Bangajena Margret was first among women to cross the finishing line.

In Grand Masters 60+ female category Jane Kaseke (mother to ZRP’s Melody Kaseke) finished first, Winnet Pawo finishing second and third position was Agnes Mukwezalamba.

Winners walked with cash prizes.

Commissioner Nonkosi Ncube who was standing in for guest of honour Commissioner General of Police, Cde, Dr Augustine Chihuri applauded the event’s all weather sponsor, Old Mutual for their support and enjoined other stakeholders to partner the ZRP in sports.

“…I would want to appeal to other corporate stakeholders to emulate the wonderful work being done by Old Mutual in partnering the promotion of sporting programmes and other activities for the benefit of our communities,” he said.

 

Carnisius ‘Kanavara’ Nyamutsida 

Sergeant Luba Ndlovu of the Construction Unit 4 District Headquarters is now the new Chairperson of the Bulawayo Table Tennis Association (BTTA) following his recent election. Sgt Ndlovu takes over from ex-Chief Inspector Walter Ebineng who headed the association since its inception in 2012.

Ndlovu who has been a committee member of the Zimbabwe Table Tennis Union (ZTTU) welcomed his appointment to BTTTA, which is an affiliate of ZTTU saying he will use his position to take the sport to grassroots level.

“I welcome my appointment and look forward to step into the shoes of my predecessor and take the sport to grass roots level. As a sport, table tennis is growing very fast, hence I want to ensure the game is taken to schools and institutions of higher learning,” said Ndlovu.

He added that the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is set to benefit from his appointment as a Chairperson of BTTA as the organisation harbours a sizeable number of table tennis lovers and players.

“Being the head of ZRP Bulawayo Province Table Tennis team, I think the ZRP is set to gain immensely from my appointment. I am sure that my stint with BTTA will leave me with a lot of experience and knowledge which I will disseminate to my fellow table tennis lovers in the ZRP. We also expect to gain some financial and material support from ZTTU,” he said.

His acquired experience and knowledge will not only benefit ZRP Bulawayo province but the whole ZRP table tennis family.

“I will be also available to help the whole ZRP table tennis family if I am called to do so,” he added.

Sgt Ndlovu who has already found a patron for the sport – a prominent Bulawayo business person, Mr Sonny Phiri said it is high time to bring a business dimension to the sport for the benefit of both the business fraternity and players. He also urged players especially those in the ZRP to take the sport very serious as it is now a recognised discipline at the Olympics.

“Table tennis has been accepted as a discipline by the International Olympic Committee. So I expect our athletes to one day compete at international level. The discipline has also been included as a discipline for the first time at the SARPCCO games,” said Sgt Ndlovu.

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