Emakhan­deni grounds to burst into life

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

ALL is set for the launch of Mzi­likazi District’s Com­mu­nity Sports and Recre­ational Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme (CSRDP) sched­uled for Emakhan­deni grounds to­mor­row.

CSRDP is an ini­tia­tive whose pur­pose is to iden­tify tal­ent at grass­roots lev­els as well as dis­cour­ag­ing crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity through par­tic­i­pa­tion in sports.

The CSRDP has been in­ac­tive in the city since 2013. The Min­istry of Sports and Re­cre­ation is spear­head­ing the re­sus­ci­ta­tion of the CSRDP in con­junc­tion with the Sports and Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion (SRC).

Makokoba MP, Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube will be the guest of hon­our and or­gan­is­ers have also in­vited soc­cer leg­ends To­bias Mudyam­banje, He­bert Dick and Dou­glas Mloyi.

Twenty-two wards from Mzi­likazi and two from Reigate districts will com­pete in 12 sport­ing dis­ci­plines – box­ing, soc­cer, net­ball, vol­ley­ball, ath­let­ics, darts, tug of war, ten­nis, chess, cricket and rugby.

“Ev­ery­thing is now set and we hope to have a suc­cess­ful event where Bu­l­awayo cit­i­zens will en­joy them­selves through sports. We are re­ally im­pressed with the way the com­mu­nity and the cor­po­rate world re­sponded to this ini­tia­tive. It shows that peo­ple were re­ally starved of such pro­grammes,” said CSRDP sec­re­tary Mor­ris Muk­witi.

“We have rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Min­istry of Sports, as well as soc­cer leg­ends who will be there to in­spire young­sters. We also in­vited other leg­ends from dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines but they have not con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion. In terms of prizes, there will be some lit­tle to­kens which will be re­vealed af­ter the event,” he said.

Muk­witi said the CSRDP presents an op­por­tu­nity for coaches to come and iden­tify new tal­ent.

He said set­ting up of grass­roots sports will help the na­tion de­velop tal­ent and im­prove Zim­babwe’s sta­tus at re­gional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“Some­how, I think the rea­son why our coun­try has not been per­form­ing well at some com­pe­ti­tions is be­cause our se­lec­tion cri­te­ria is lim­ited. If only coaches were to widen their se­lec­tion cri­te­ria our per­for­mance as a coun­try will im­prove. If you look at coun­tries like Kenya and Brazil, they are the power houses in run­ning long dis­tances and soc­cer be­cause they nur­ture tal­ent at grass­roots level which is why we are hav­ing this pro­gramme,” Muk­witi said.

He said they have in­vited po­lice and Mpilo hospi­tal staff to re­spec­tively pro­vide se­cu­rity and med­i­cal as­sis­tance. — @khumza­llen

Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube

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