Team Zim bags more medals at CUCSA

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports re­porter

TEAM Zim­babwe dom­i­nated the over­all medals score in the 18th Con­fed­er­a­tions of Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (CUCSA) 2016 tour­na­ment which ended in Bu­l­awayo last week.

De­spite com­ing sec­ond to neigh­bours South Africa, Zim­babwe dom­i­nated the com­bined medals tally with 42 medals in­clud­ing sil­ver and bronze whilst com­pe­ti­tion win­ners, South Africa had 30 medals over­all. Botswana had a to­tal of 35 medals; five ahead of South Africa.

Zim­babwe Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions Sports Union (ZITSU) pres­i­dent Martin Zibwi said Zim­babwe’s per­for­mance shows that they have the po­ten­tial to win the next com­pe­ti­tion.

“Look­ing at the trends it shows that we are head­ing to the top be­cause in the year 2012 in Namibia, we were in fourth place, in 2014 in Zam­bia, we were in third place and in 2016 we are sec­ond. Cer­tainly in 2018 we have the po­ten­tial to come first.”

Zibwi also ac­knowl­edged that in or­der for team Zim­babwe to win the next CUCSA tour­na­ment, they need to im­prove on their prepa­ra­tions as a union.

“We want to im­prove on our coach­ing sys­tem be­cause some of the coaches in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines don’t have the proper coach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions. As a union we will try to pro­vide coach­ing clin­ics in or­der to pre­pare for the 2018 Games in An­gola,” said Zibwi.

Botswana came third with 12 gold medals, 13 sil­ver medals and 10 bronze medals fol­lowed by Zam­bia with one gold, four sil­ver medals and five bronze medals.

In fifth po­si­tion was Malawi who had two sil­ver medals and three bronze medals whilst Le­sotho went home with one bronze. An­gola failed to scoop any medal in the tour­na­ment.

In ath­let­ics, South Africa had an up­per hand with nine gold, seven sil­ver and six bronze medals while Zim­babwe had seven gold, 10 sil­ver and 10 bronze medals. Botswana on the other hand had 11 gold, nine sil­ver and nine bronze medals.

Malawi, Le­sotho and An­gola failed to get any medals in ath­let­ics. Zim­babwe dom­i­nated in basketball. Ad­dress­ing par­tic­i­pants and of­fi­cials at the clos­ing cer­e­mony which was held at the Zim­babwe In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair (ZITF), the Min­is­ter of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion, Lazarus Dokora, de­scribed the tour­na­ment as a thought­ful move­ment as it pro­motes unity.

“The CUCSA games, I am in­formed, are meant to fos­ter sol­i­dar­ity among mem­bers of the South­ern Africa Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges. They also pro­vide stu­dents with an op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in dif­fer­ent sport­ing codes. This is a noble ges­ture in that it strength­ens our re­la­tion­ships at both sport and per­son- to- per­son lev­els thus pro­mot­ing sol­i­dar­ity of sport.

“We are also in­debted to the coun­tries which par­tic­i­pated ac­tively in these games, for with­out you, these games would have been less colour­ful and de­void of their in­ter­na­tional char­ac­ter,”said Dokora. — @khumza­llen

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