Mat’land in driv­ing seat at ZPCS games

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

MATA­BELE­LAND re­gion is in the driv­ing seat in the on­go­ing Zim­babwe Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral’s Sports Week Games that are tak­ing place in Bu­l­awayo and Ntabazin­duna.

The re­gion is lead­ing in five sport­ing dis­ci­plines. The games have an av­er­age of 120 ath­letes rep­re­sent­ing each of the five ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions namely Mata­bele­land, Mashona­land, Man­i­ca­land, Mid­lands/ Masvingo and Na­tional Head­quar­ters in 10 sport­ing dis­ci­plines.

As of yes­ter­day evening Mata­bele­land re­gion topped in ath­let­ics, pool, darts, ten­nis and foot­ball. On the ath­let­ics front the re­gion had amassed 10 gold, 5 sil­ver and four bronze medals col­lect­ing a to­tal of 222 points ahead of sec­ond placed Mashona­land with 151 points.

Foot­ball is prov­ing to a Mata­bele­land af­fair with the re­gion top­ping the ta­ble af­ter a round of four matches, romp­ing to vic­tory in three matches and draw­ing once. The same goes for darts, pool and ten­nis where the re­gion is en­joy­ing com­fort­able leads ahead of the other four re­gions.

Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral of the Zim­babwe Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices, an avid golfer, Paradzai Zi­mondi while tee­ing off at the Harry Allen Golf Club said the games are meant to foster in­ter­ac­tion and in­te­gra­tion among pris­ons of­fi­cers where a na­tional team will be se­lected for the Sadc Games next year.

South­ern African coun­tries are pen­cilled to meet in Au­gust for the Sadc Pris­ons, Pen­i­ten­tiary, Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Sports and Cul­tural Ex­change Games. The host coun­try is yet to be an­nounced.

“There is no bet­ter plat­form for our of­fi­cers who work in var­i­ous sta­tions across the coun­try to in­ter­act and share ideas on a range of is­sues than the an­nual Sports Week.

“We also strive to main­tain a healthy ser­vice through sport and we are for­ever grate­ful to the spon­sors that came on board to as­sist us re­vive the games that were last held in 2012,” said Zi­mondi.

He also urged of­fi­cers to re­main vig­i­lant in the face of the hard eco­nomic times that the coun­try is fac­ing.

“There is light at the end of the tun­nel. The needs of our of­fi­cers al­ways come first, the gov­ern­ment is hard at work try­ing to make sure that the plight of our of­fi­cers is ad­dressed as a mat­ter of ur­gency,” he said.

Nyaradzo and Moon­light Fu­neral Ser­vices to­gether with GTel are the prin­ci­pal spon­sors while the gov­ern­ment also chipped in with some of the fund­ing. The cur­tain comes down to­day with an of­fi­cial clos­ing cer­e­mony in Ntabazin­duna.

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