Mgoqo emerge as YES games vic­tors

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

MGOQO Pri­mary School won the Bu­l­awayo Pro­vin­cial Youth Ed­u­ca­tion through Sport (YES) games at the week­end and au­to­mat­i­cally qual­i­fied for the 17th na­tional fes­ti­val to be held from De­cem­ber 9 to 13 in Hwange.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which took place at Eve­lyn High school, saw five clubs; Mpumelelo Pri­mary, Methodist club, Sil­wane Club, Mag­wegwe Club and Mgoqo Pri­mary bat­tling for the pro­vin­cial crown in net­ball, soc­cer and vol­ley­ball.

Fol­low­ing a full day of in­tense com­pe­ti­tion in their re­spec­tive dis­ci­plines, Mgoqo emerged vic­tors in net­ball and soc­cer earn­ing them­selves a ticket to join other nine pro­vin­cial win­ners who have al­ready booked them­selves a slot in the na­tional fi­nals.

In net­ball, Mgoqo beat Mpumelelo pri­mary 13-5 and also won 25-0 against Methodist. In soc­cer, they beat Mpumelelo 1-0 and also won by the same score line against Methodist.

Tour­na­ment hosts Eve­lyn high school club were crowned cham­pi­ons in girls’ vol­ley­ball while Mpumelelo Pri­mary came out vic­tors in boys’ vol­ley­ball. Mag­wegwe High school club came first in girls’ soc­cer.

Mgoqo Pri­mary School head coach Sithem­binkosi Nde­bele said the YES games play an im­por­tant role in nur­tur­ing young peo­ple’s tal­ents.

“I was im­pressed with the stan­dard of per­for­mance I’ve seen dur­ing the tour­na­ment. This age is cru­cial in a young ath­lete’s ca­reer as this is when they de­velop pas­sion for the game which will last their en­tire life,” she said.

“We’ve a big re­spon­si­bil­ity ahead so we’ve started prepa­ra­tions for the tour­na­ment.

“It’s not go­ing to be easy be­cause there is also a tree plant­ing and edu­tain­ment as part of the com­pe­ti­tion so we hope the kids will rep­re­sent us in a pos­i­tive way and bring medals.

“My mes­sage to all the ath­letes is to go out, have fun and en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Nde­bele — @ khumza­llen.

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