Lo­cal swim­mers prep for Mat’land se­nior Cham­pi­ons

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Reporter Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Reporter

LO­CAL swim­mers will use today’s gala at the Bu­l­awayo City Pool to pre­pare for the Mata­bele­land Se­nior Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in two weeks’ time.

The gala or­gan­ised by the Mata­bele­land Am­a­teur Swim­ming Board (MASB) is also used for rank­ing pur­poses, with swim­mers that post best times en­hanc­ing their chances of mak­ing it into the Mata­bele­land team.

Today’s event comes two weeks af­ter MASB held a short course gala where ju­niors Liam O’Hara and Deil­son Cypri­anos broke five na­tional records.

Nokuthula Cypri­anos, chair­per­son of the MASB, said they were ex­pect­ing a com­pet­i­tive pool.

“Com­pe­ti­tion has been tight and young swim­mers have been post­ing im­pres­sive times. To­mor­row’s gala is a se­niors’ event, which is also open to ju­niors. We’ve got the Mata­bele­land Cham­pi­onships from December 1-4, mean­ing that those that will com­pete to­mor­row will use the race as part of their prepa­ra­tions for the December meet,” said Cypri­anos.

She said the quest to break records is likely to mo­ti­vate swim­mers.

“The train­ers have been do­ing a good job and their swim­mers are al­ways rac­ing to post bet­ter times. That de­sire to break lo­cal and na­tional records can mo­ti­vate swim­mers,” she said.

Swim­mers will com­pete in five events, the 50m but­ter­fly, 100m back­stroke, 100m freestyle, 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley, 50m breast­stroke and 800m freestyle.

Cypri­anos said out­stand­ing swim­mers will be con­sid­ered for the Mata­bele­land team, which will com­pete at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships to be held early next year in Harare.

Swim­mers likely to shat­ter records at today’s event in­clude O’Hara, Dale Bruce and Bren­dan Cypri­anos — @ZililoR. FOUR coaches from the Czech Repub­lic will be in Bu­l­awayo to scout for play­ers dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Trukumb Min­ing En­ter­prises Top Eight tournament fea­tur­ing Zifa South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One League teams.

The tournament is be­ing spon­sored to the tune of $10 000 and will be played at White City and Lu­veve sta­di­ums from December 3-10.

Aus­tria-based foot­ball agent and a part­ner in South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One League out­fit Talen Vi­sion, Di­dier Kanku, said coaches from the Czech Repub­lic’s topflight teams had ac­cepted his in­vi­ta­tion.

“The pres­i­dent of Talen Vi­sion (Khum­bu­lani Nkomo) has done a good job to spon­sor this com­pe­ti­tion. The clubs which will par­tic­i­pate stand to ben­e­fit a lot as this tournament will show­case lo­cal tal­ent to the out­side world since we’re bring­ing four coaches from the Czech Repub­lic to scout for tal­ent.

“I in­vited them af­ter my first visit to Zim­babwe and told them there is abun­dant tal­ent in the coun­try,” said Kanku.

Log lead­ers Bu­l­awayo Chiefs, Bantu Rovers, Ama­ga­gasi, ZPC Hwange, ZRP Bu­l­awayo and Talen Vi­sion are guar­an­teed of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the end of sea­son tournament.

The four mid-ta­ble teams still hop­ing to win their re­spec­tive matches on the last day of the sea­son to ce­ment slots in the tournament are sev­enth-placed Black Boots and Indlovu Iyany­athela, who are both tied on 37 points, Tech­no­sphere on 36 points and Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers (35).

Bosso 90 stand in the way of Indlovu Iyany­athela, who they play host to at Lu­veve Sta­dium to­mor­row, with Black Boots on the road to Turk Mine where they will face Cas­myn, while Tech­no­sphere are home to Talen Vi­sion in Hwange.

Tigers take on Hwange Ju­niors in Vic­to­ria Falls on Sun­day in a match that could be a dead rub­ber for Tigers should any of the three teams vy­ing for the two slots win to­mor­row.

Kanku, who or­gan­ised trial stints for the Talen Vi­sion trio of Mbekezeli Sibanda, Njab­ulo Mpofu and Tawanda Muchaya at Slo­vakian topflight side FC Vion, will to­mor­row watch Talen Vi­sion’s fi­nal league match of the sea­son against Tech­no­sphere in Hwange — @ZililoR.

Zifa vice-pres­i­dent Omega Sibanda (cen­tre) stresses a point at the launch of the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Trukumb Min­ing En­ter­prises Top Eight Knock­out Tournament yes­ter­day, while Zifa South­ern re­gion chair­man Musa Man­daza (left) fol­lows pro­ceed­ings with spon­sors’ part­ner Di­dier Nkaku of Aus­tria.

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