CUCSA games be­gin

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ray­mond Jar­avaza Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Zim­babwe ladies foot­ball team opened the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (CUCSA) games with a 0-4 loss to South Africa in the first match of the week-long event at White City Sta­dium yes­ter­day. The games are due to end on Satur­day. The games are be­ing con­tested in eight sport­ing codes at the bi­en­nial tour­na­ment meant for col­lege and univer­sity ath­letes from coun­tries across south­ern Africa.

An­gola, Le­sotho, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa and Zam­bia are among the coun­tries that had ar­rived for the games, while the Namib­ian con­tin­gent was ex­pected to ar­rive in Bu­l­awayo last night.

In­di­ca­tions are that Mozam­bique and Swazi­land will not be part of the games as noth­ing of­fi­cial had been com­mu­ni­cated to host na­tion Zim­babwe re­gard­ing their travel ar­range­ments.

Ath­let­ics and netball will be staged at White City Sta­dium, while the Zim­babwe In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair grounds will host bas­ket­ball and karate.

The Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust) will host chess, with foot­ball be­ing played at Lu­veve, Bar­bour­fields, Harts­field and White City sta­di­ums.

Hill­side Teach­ers’ Col­lege and the Bu­l­awayo Ath­letic Club will host ta­ble tennis and tennis re­spec­tively.

St Columbus, Girls Col­lege, Gif­ford and Eve­line have availed their fa­cil­i­ties for train­ing to par­tic­i­pat­ing teams.

Zim­babwe Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions Sports Union (ZITISU) sec­re­tary-gen­eral Oli­varth Gu­vuriro is op­ti­mistic Zim­babwe will host a suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment de­spite open­ing with a huge de­feat to South Africa.

“The suc­cess of the games will be a cul­mi­na­tion of ef­forts by a num­ber of stake­hold­ers that in­clude ZITISU, vol­un­teers, high schools that have made avail­able their fa­cil­i­ties as train­ing grounds, Hill­side Teach­ers’ Col­lege, Nust and Bu­l­awayo Polytech­nic for ac­com­mo­dat­ing all ath­letes and pro­vid­ing lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port.

“As of this af­ter­noon (yes­ter­day), we are still to hear from Mozam­bique and Swazi­land,” said Gu­vuriro.

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