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Zimbabwe off to Redbull Campus Cricket World Final in Sri Lanka

by Staff Reporters

The countdown to the official kick-off of the T20 #RedBullCampusCricket World Final in Colombo, Sri Lanka is at just over 72 hours.

Bowling all-rounder, Mzingaye Mdlongwa, will lead a squad of 15 men from the National University of Science and Technology to represent Zimbabwe in the invitational tourney that will run from the 10th to the 16th of September 2017.

Mdlongwa said, “I am so excited to be leading this team on Zimbabwe’s first appearance at the Campus Cricket World Finals. I hope we will perform better than the national team.”

Team Coach, Pfungwadzashe Tsongora, a Roosters all-rounder in the Bulawayo Metropolitan Cricket Association First League said his charges would be going for gold.

However, NUST Sports Director Lysias Charumbira highlighted that the World Finals were likely to be a difficult competition for Zimbabwe due to lack of high-performance cricket academies in universities.

“Despite a lot of challenges in Zimbabwe cricket at the moment, Nust remain on course to improve,” said Charumbira – the outgoing director. “We feel that this is the right time to have our students compete with the world’s best college cricketers.”

Donald Tapfuma, technical director, said, “The boys have been training very hard.” Tapfuma that they have particularly prepared for the energiser over in which they expect to reap maximum points.

Each batting side gets one Energiser Over per innings, where runs count double, but any wickets lost will cost five penalty runs. This can be taken at any point after the Powerplay overs, and was used in 2016 to prompt either a mid-innings surge, or as part of teams’ death-overs acceleration.

The squad consists of: Mzingaye Mdlongwa (C), Tafadzwa Peggah, Carrington Bowora, Shaun Nkani, Shadreck Zulu, Tafadzwanashe Makwena, Bill Chimbana, Lincolyn Moyo, Duncan Findi, Ngonidzashe Musyiwa, Sasha Ngwenya, Washington Ngwenya, Fredrick Johnson, Bryan Zhawi, Tawanda Charumbira. Technical team: Pfungwadzashe Tsongora (Coach), Lysias Charumbira (Sports Director), Donald Tapfuma (Technical Director).

The rising stars – players to watch 

Featuring the best college talent from around the world, the Campus Cricket tournaments have been teeming with talent since inception in 2012. Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka and the UAE’s Chirag Suri – who earned an (Indian Premier League’s )IPL contract this year – are the most recent stars who have played in previous tournaments.

Niroshan Dickwella{Batsman – BMS, Sri Lanka}: is reported to possess an “innovative batting style, replete with reverse-sweeps, over-the-shoulder scoops, and constant flitting around on the crease,” all of which were on display during last year’s World Final, during his team’s march to the title.  According to Daily Sports  Dickwella’s “opening salvo – which featured five fours and a six” – quickly set Sri Lanka on track to a 24 run victory over Bangladesh.

Mzingaye Mdlongwa {Bowler – Nust, Zimbabwe}: a player synonymous with deadly and crafty spins – can ground the most revered team to a paltry sum of runs by taking lots of wickets. On the other hand Mdlongwa is a hard hitting batsman who never disappoints on the innings score. He does not hesitate to strike a loose ball to the boundaries.

Janneman Malan {Batsman – NWU, South Africa}: is the team’s key batsman who makes it his business to steer NWU to many of the sweet victories that it enjoys lately. South Africa will be counting on Malan to tear apart any opponents’ bowling by smashing a string of fours and sixes as he usually does. Malan is a product of Cricket South Africa’s high performance programme.

You can watch the semi-final and final live on the 15th and 16th of September on the link below.

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ATHLETES WARNED AGAINST DRUG USE AT 2017 ZUSA GAMES IN BULAWAYO

17352013_1260776263990989_9058926058624757565_nMATABELELAND Hockey Board president Kalpesh Parshotam warned athletes participating at the cluster one games of the 2017 Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (ZUSA) against drug use to enhance performance.

Parshotam who was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the games hosted by the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) in Bulawayo on Friday 17 March 2017 urged student athletes to promote and practice fair play which is the mainstay of sportsmanship.

“Participation is not only about winning, but also for passion, love, mental and physical health,” said Parshotam.-Chronicle

3 DAYS, 5 DISCIPLINES, 9 UNIVERSITIES, 

The 2017 sports extravaganza which kicked off  on Friday 17 March will run through to  Sunday 19 March 2017, with Nust, Africa University (AU), Catholic University in Zimbabwe, Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), Lupane State University (LSU), Midlands State University (MSU), Reformed Church University (RCU), Women’s University in Africa and Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University vying for gold in  athletics, cricket, handball, hockey and volleyball.

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“WORK HARD & MAKE ZUSA GAMES AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE”- Prof Samson Sibanda, Acting Vice Chancelor- Nust.

BUILDING A NATIONAL TEAM FOR INTERNATIONAL GAMES 

ZUSA president, Life Chemhere said their dream is to have at least 10% of athletes participating in elite competitions and in national teams.

The competition is used to select teams for upcoming national and international  assignments.

12 universities are taking part in the games that are being used to come up with a team for the ZTISU games and the International Federation of University Sports set for Taipei, China from the 17th to the 30th of August.

The second cluster will comprise football, netball, basketball, rugby and swimming and will take place from March the 31st to April the 2nd at the University of Zimbabwe.

The final cluster featuring chess, karate, darts, table tennis and pool will be conducted at the Great Zimbabwe University from the 7th to the 9th of April.

Calls have been made for the enactment of a policy that allows students with lower academic points but who excel in sports to enroll at universities to pursue their sporting exploits.- Zbc

Artcile Curated from Chronicle, Nust, MSU, GZU Facebook pages, ZBC News online

Byo to host Cucsa Games

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 | 230 views

Sports Correspondent @rasmthembo
BULAWAYO is set to host the 2016 Confederation of Universities and College Sports Association (CUCSA) Africa Region Five Games in August with the precursor to the event, the Zimbabwe Tertiary Institution Sports Union (Ztisu) kicking off at White City yesterday. The Ztisu games got underway with the mainstream athletics at White City and are set to run until Wednesday.

Ztisu president Martin Zibwi said they were using the games to select players that will represent the country at the Region Five Games that will have 10 participating countries.

Zibwi said he convinced his executive to take advantage of the facilities that were built for the Under-20 Region Five Games that were hosted by Bulawayo in 2014 such as the tartan track at White City, the state of the art basketball courts and the revamped Bulawayo Athletic Club tennis courts to host the Cucsa games. Zimbabwe would be hosting the biennial Games for the first time in 25 years as they were last held in Harare in 1991. The 18th edition of the Cucsa Games will run from 1 to 6 August.

There was a change in the hosting procedure from a bidding process to being held rotationally in all the 10 countries to ensure all nations host the Games. The 10 countries in Cucsa Region Five are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

There are nine sporting codes that would be contested for which include football, basketball, tennis, table tennis, chess, athletics, netball, karate and volleyball.

Ztisu is made up of three affiliates Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (Zusa), Zimbabwe Teachers’ Colleges Sports Association (Zitcosa) and Technical Educationists Sports Association in Zimbabwe (Tesaz) who each sent two teams to compete in each sporting discipline.

Zibwi said athletes from team sports will be selected on individual merit to ensure Zimbabwe has a strong team going to the Cucsas.

“We realised there are situations where one individual is brilliant but if his team falters he should be drafted into the winning team. For example in football we can have a good defender, striker or anchorman in a losing team he should be drafted into the team that will represent us at the Cucsas,” said Zibwi, adding the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) are this year’s hosts of the Ztisu games.

Athletics and netball will be held at White City Stadium with football being played at Barbourfields Stadium Outside Grounds, Khanyisile Sports Centre (formerly BCD) will be host basketball, while Hartsfield and Raylton will be used for rugby and darts respectively.

Golfers will use the Harry Allen greens while cricket, tennis, pool and table tennis will be played at BAC and the Heath Streak Academy and Busters respectively. Local schools Northlea and Milton will be used for handball, volleyball while Lupane State University will play host to chess with Khumalo Hockey Stadium home to the hockey competition. Bulawayo Bowling Club will host the karate championships.

Zimbabwe managed a credible third position at the 17th edition of Cucsa games held in Zambia in 2012 collecting 40 medals, seven gold, 16 silver and 17 bronze medals. The athletics team contributed the largest number of the medal haul with 18.

South Africa came first followed by Zambia with Zimbabwe retaining its third position which they occupied in the previous Games which were staged in Namibia.

ZIMBABWE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS SPORTS UNION (ZTISU) 2016 PHOTO GALLERY

Photo gallery of the 2016 ZTISU games  hosted by NUST in Bulawayo.  Have a look!!!

 

Pictures courtesy of Bulawayo Polytechnic.

ZUSA CLUSTER 2 GAMES KICK OFF IN MUTARE

Cluster 2 of the Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (ZUSA) games commenced at Africa University in Mutare this morning  and will run till Sunday 17 April 2016. The games will see teams from the country’s universities competing in several disciplines including chess, hockey, tennis, cricket, rugby, snooker and darts

Current Standing after Cluster 1 Games:-

             Gold Silver Bronze
  1.  Midlands State University       23 17 17
  2.  University of Zimbabwe           13  8   3
  3. Great Zimbabwe University      5  12  8
  4.  Africa University                          4  2   2
  5.  Nust                                                  3  8   7
  6.  Chinhoyi University of Tech    3  2   4
  7. Lupane State University            2  1    3
  8.  Women University in Africa     2  0  0
  9. Bindura University of Science Ed 0 1 2
  10.  Catholic University                        0 0 0
  11. Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University 0 0 0

Winning teams will represent their universities at the Zimbabwe Tertiary Institution Sports Union games (ZTISU) which will be held in Bulawayo in June. Hillside Teachers College will host the Games. The Federation of African Universities Sport (FASU) Games which will be held in South Africa in July will follow thereafter.

View Cluster 1 games gallery here.

ZUSA GAMES 2016-CLUSTER 1 Gallery

Midlands State University- March 31 – April 3rd: Photos courtesy of MSU,GZU, CUT CUT Facebook pages.

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Men’s handball medalists – MSU
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Women’s karate-MSU
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women’s karate
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Women’s volleyball
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Great Zimbabwe University Relay Team scoops gold at White City, Bulawayo
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Chinhoyi University of Technology Soccer Team emerges champs.
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Midlands State University
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the MSU men’s basketball team in action against UZ in the final, which MSU won

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NUST STUDENT SHINES AT THE ZIZAMA GAMES

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NUST’S #TsitsidzasheGoto scoops the gold medal in the Women’s singles table tennis at the Zimbabwe-Zambia-Malawi regional games held last week.