Mat North’s Ma­suku happy

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

MATA­BELE­LAND North Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion pro­vin­cial co­or­di­na­tor Newman Ma­suku has ex­pressed plea­sure at the per­for­mance of his team at the 2016 Youth Games in Chin­hoyi de­spite be­ing lowly placed.

Mata­bele­land North were sev­enth over­all with three gold, four sil­ver and five bronze medals.

Ma­suku said this was com­mend­able into ac­count the scarce re­sources at dis­posal.

“I am in a cel­e­bra­tory mood be­cause we man­aged to as­sem­ble a com­pet­i­tive team with lit­tle re­sources.

“To some peo­ple this might not be a big achieve­ment, but look­ing at where we are com­ing from as a prov­ince, we are proud.

“We are just a few gold medals from the top teams,” said Ma­suku.

“We have al­ways oc­cu­pied the last po­si­tion in pre­vi­ous games and it’s only last year that we man­aged to take ninth place.

“This time we steadily rose two places to sev­enth and we want to main­tain this mo­men­tum. Our 12 medals show that we have po­ten­tial to move up the ladder.”

Calous Ncube scooped gold in box­ing and has been se­lected into Team Zim­babwe for the African Union Sports Coun­cil Re­gion Five Games to be held in An­gola. Greater Ndlovu is also in Team Zim­babwe.

Ma­suku said they had the least num­ber of ath­letes at the games, with 30 com­pared to other prov­inces.

“Host prov­ince Mashona­land West had the most num­ber of ath­letes with about 240, fol­lowed by Man­i­ca­land, which shows that we did well with our few.”

Medals ta­ble Mashona­land West 34 Bu­l­awayo 30 Masvingo 25 Harare 23 Man­i­ca­land 21 Mashona­land East 13 Mata­bele­land North 12 Mata­bele­land South 10 Mashona­land Cen­tral 9 Mid­lands 7 — @khumza­llen tak­ing their

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