Following their triumph at the just ended COSAFA Tournament, the Zimbabwe Senior Men’s team was given an early Christmas present at a colourful event held at the Rainbow Towers Hotel on Monday.
By Sportbrief Reporter
The Mighty Warriors and other athletes from different sporting disciplines were also honoured at the same event.
In a show of appreciation for representing their country the men’s and the women’s football team members received a cool $1000 each from the Ministry of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
And the Minister of Sports, Youths, Arts and Recreation Kazembe Kazembe, who was present at the event, hailed the teams for their success and appealed to the government for more investment into sport.
“Honourable Vice President, it is our plea as the sport sector that there be considerable investment by Government to support high performance in sport in the country.
“It has come to my knowledge that the country has been lagging behind in terms of scientific approaches to sport and is currently devoid of equipment for the general physical preparedness and sport specific preparedness of our athletes both at national and local level.
“It is my fervent hope that through deliberate high performance programmes and continual efforts from National Sport Associations as well as sport delivery agents, the country will continue churning out competent athletes at the elite level,” said Kazembe.
The Warriors beat Zambia on 4-2 in extra-time on Saturday to clinch the COSAFA Cup for the second consecutive time and reaffirmed their status as tournament’s best ever team as they bagged the title for a record sixth time.
And while the Mighty Warriors lost to their opponents (who were coincidentally) Zambia on Sunday and were subsequently eliminated from the women’s AFCON qualifiers, the Ministry recognised their efforts as they have had to do with little or no support from ZIFA or the corporate world much of the times.