In a week where the country’s national sporting teams hoisted the Zimbabwean flag high, setting records in different disciplines including football and cricket, the Minister of Sports and Recreation has come out in full appreciation of the men who have done the nation proud.
By Carlo Chikomba
The Minister of Sport and Recreation Hon. Makhosini Hlongwane has spoken glowingly of the recent achievements of the national team in various sport disciplines in what was an incredible week for the nation’s sport representatives.
Addressing journalists at his offices, on Tuesday Hlongwane said the recent achievements of the national team athletes are a source of pride for the nation.
“The Government of Zimbabwe takes pride in the recent outstanding performances by the Zimbabwe National Football Team, the Warriors, the Senior Men’s Cricket Team, the Chevrons, the Senior Men’s Rugby Team, the Sables, the National Athletics team and Benjamin Lock, the National Tennis Champion.
“As such, the Minister of Sport and Recreation would like to extend his sincere appreciation for the recent diligent sportsmanship expressed through these outstanding performances by the country’s National Teams and their respective members in various disciplines,” said the Minister
The National Football Team lifted the COSAFA Castle Cup for the record fifth time while on the other hand, the Chevrons recorded a series victory over Sri-Lanka, in the process setting a record as the first team to successfully chase down a score of above 300 on Sri-Lankan home ground. The victory was also the first Chevrons series win away from home in the last eight years.
Furthermore, the National Junior Athletics team won big in the Junior Championships as they scooped 9 medals with one of the competitors, Chengetai Mapaya, setting a new record. The Sables registered an away victory against Senegal at the Africa Gold Cup competitions and finally tennis player Benjamin Lock performed admirably at the International Tennis Federation- Zuva Tennis Tournament held in the country recently.
However, the Minister took a swipe at the Zimbabwe Rugby Union over news of in-fighting within the organisation.
“I caution the Zimbabwe Rugby Union to take their work seriously and set aside factional fights and be more grounded on developing Zimbabwe rugby. I also urge the Zimbabwe Rugby Union to dispense their duties fully and beyond petty political fights which compromise the development of rugby in Zimbabwe.”
Queried on whether he was planning on rewarding the triumphant national teams, Hon. Hlongwane said that they were already working on a way to honour the teams and announced that all will be revealed at a sports function to be held at the end of next week.