Mat-North youth games team re­volt

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Se­nior Sports Re­porter

A Sports and Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion se­nior of­fi­cial on Sun­day called po­lice to quell the re­volt­ing Mata­bele­land North youth games team that was de­mand­ing al­lowances promised be­fore the games held in Chin­hoyi.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Sun­day at the City Hall car park soon af­ter the team ar­rived from their un­suc­cess­ful tour of Chin­hoyi where they emerged seventh over­all.

The play­ers, largely from Hwange ju­niors, were al­legedly given $3 each. SRC Mata­bele­land North co­or­di­na­tor New­man Ma­suku called the po­lice as he feared the boys could turn vi­o­lent and de­stroy prop­erty.

“Why are they call­ing the po­lice when we are de­mand­ing what is due to us? Is it be­cause we have done what they wanted us to do and are there­fore no longer im­por­tant? We are host­ing the games next year, let them know,” said one player.

Be­sides the is­sue of al­lowances, Team Mata­bele­land North was not given any­thing to eat from Chin­hoyi and some had to use their own money to buy lunch.

Ma­suku dodged Chron­i­cle Sport when ap­proached for com­ment.

Mata­bele­land North sent three teams to the games be­cause of lack of re­sources.

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