Mpofu prom­ises young ath­letes more ex­po­sure

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

RE-ELECTED Bu­l­awayo Ath­let­ics Board (BAB) chair­man Manuel Mpofu has promised to ex­pose young ath­letes to qual­ity coach­ing which should en­able them to se­cure in­ter­na­tional scholarships.

Mem­bers of BAB re­tained Mpofu for an­other fouryear term dur­ing a lowly pub­li­cised elec­tive congress held in the city last week.

BAB’s af­fil­i­ates who at­tended the meet­ing are Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice (ZRP) Fair­bridge, North­lea Ath­let­ics Club, Tur­nall Ath­let­ics Club, Na­tional Association of Pri­mary School Heads (Naph), Na­tional Association of Se­condary School Heads (Nash), Ihlosi Ath­let­ics Club and the Na­tional Univer­sity on Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust).

“We have great plans lined up which will help in the de­vel­op­ment of ath­let­ics in Bu­l­awayo. Our first ob­jec­tive is to open an op­er­a­tional of­fice at White City Sta­dium so that all ath­letes and prac­ti­tion­ers get ser­vices at one place, mean­ing our com­mu­ni­ca­tion with af­fil­i­ates will greatly im­prove.

“Ath­letes should also be able to get ac­cess to the sta­dium twice per week in or­der to im­prove their per­for­mance and get used to a pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment,” Mpofu said.

“The board is also hop­ing to im­prove our train­ing equip­ment and tech­niques be­cause our main tar­get is that our ath­letes qual­ify for United States scholarships.

“We have been work­ing closely with Arnold Payne of Global Sports In­ter­na­tional and Darryl An­der­son on the scholarships is­sue.

“We learnt about what is needed for ath­letes to get scholarships and we will work on help­ing as­pir­ing ath­letes so that they re­alise their dreams.

“We will also be work­ing with coaches from around the city to achieve our de­vel­op­ment goals.

“It doesn’t mat­ter which club one rep­re­sents, our main ob­jec­tive is to de­velop the sport in Bu­l­awayo,” he said.

Mpofu said the board is look­ing for­ward to in­creas­ing the num­ber of ath­letes for in­ter-pro­vin­cial games to give ex­po­sure to lo­cal tal­ent.

Mean­while, Ti­va­wone Gava re­tained his vicechair­per­son po­si­tion with Re­becca Ncube tak­ing the sec­re­tary seat while Caron Thashamba will deputise Ncube.

BAB mem­bers also elected Elicah Ngorima as trea­surer, Euse­bia Ncube as women’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive with com­mit­tee mem­bers be­ing Wat­son Madenyika, Ben­son Mwanza, Pat­soni Shito as well as Cephas Ndlovu — @khumza­llen.

Manuel Mpofu

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