7 Free Stars named for AUSC games in An­gola

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

SEVEN girls from Bu­l­awayo’s Free Stars Net­ball team have been named in the na­tional squad to par­tic­i­pate in the 2016 Africa Union Sports Coun­cil (AUSC) Re­gion Five Un­der-20 Youth games in An­gola next month.

Shal­lome Ncube and No­magugu Makhal­ima from Mpopoma High School as well as Ntando Sibanda, Nobukhosi Ndlovu, Pru­dence Sibanda, Gla­dys Chavapo and Michelle Muza­nen­hamo of Sikhulile High will be part of the trav­el­ling party.

Free Stars’ man­ager Lisa Man­gena said they were proud of their play­ers’ achieve­ment, which “shows that net­ball is de­vel­op­ing in Bu­l­awayo”.

“The girls have been work­ing very hard and are a joy to work with. They are all pas­sion­ate about the sport and that is why they have been called up to the na­tional squad. Hav­ing seven play­ers in the squad shows that net­ball in Bu­l­awayo is de­vel­op­ing and has the po­ten­tial of pro­duc­ing net­ball stars. We are con­fi­dent they will per­form at their best and hope­fully make the play­ing team,” said Man­gena.

All the seven girls rep­re­sented Bu­l­awayo Prov­ince that scooped gold at the 2016 Zim­babwe Youth Games staged in Chin­hoyi.

Muza­nen­hamo, Makhal­ima and Ncube also fea­tured for the na­tional Un­der-21 team that qual­i­fied for the Un­der-21 Net­ball World Cup after com­ing sec­ond to South Africa in the African qual­i­fiers held in Botswana in July.

Free Stars is a de­vel­op­men­tal squad com­posed only of Un­der-20 play­ers put to­gether by the Bu­l­awayo Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

The side is presently in third po­si­tion in the Bu­l­awayo Net­ball League with 12 points from seven matches.

Bu­l­awayo net­ball de­vel­op­men­tal of­fi­cer Men­free Tanyanyiwa hailed the club for help­ing de­velop the game in the city.

“The club has been play­ing a piv­otal role in de­vel­op­ing play­ers and pre­par­ing them for youth games and the na­tional team. The pro­gramme is now pro­duc­ing re­sults be­cause the same girls suc­cess­fully rep­re­sented the prov­ince in the Na­tional Youth Games,” Tanyanyiwa said — @khumza­llen.

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