Muchenu’s rise to the helm of African basketball officiating

Muchenu’s rise to the helm of African basketball officiating 1

By Staff Reporter VERY few women stand out in the manner with which Zimbabwean, Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) international referee, Annie Joyce Muchenu has dominated the sport on the African continent. In fact hers is a confirmation that with the right attitude and commitment, women in sport on the African continent can excel even at the highest level regardless of their background – something that is a rare occurrence because of the odds stacked against her gender.  Muchenu has been rewarded as the Best Technical Official by The…

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Former sprint king set sights on athletics grassroots development

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By Kwekwe Correspondent SPRINT legend and Olympian Partson Muderedzi is set to launch an athletics academy as he takes a proactive role in developing young talent that he says will help Zimbabwe rekindle its glory days. Former track wizard Muderedzi, told NewZimbabwe.com in an interview that he will launch his Stars for Christ Athletics Academy later this year with a plan to tap into raw talent in the rural areas. “I have chosen to be proactive and use my skills to develop talent not only in Redcliff but the nation…

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Musona Injury Update

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Knowledge Musona Farai Dziva|Warriors manager Wellington Mpandare has given an update on the injury of Belgian-based Warriors captain Knowledge Musona. The 28-year-old Lokeren forward picked a knock on the ankle muscle last week which ruled him out of last night’s 3-1 league victory against Cercle Brugge. “The club wrote to us about the injury. I have been talking to him and he indicated that he was given one-week off to allow him to recover, so we are hoping for the best. In fact, it’s not like he cannot play with…

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Warriors Trickle In For Crunch Tie But Devine Intervention Needed On Musona Fitness

Warriors Trickle In For Crunch Tie But Devine Intervention Needed On Musona Fitness 10

Knowledge Musona AS the first batch of Warriors start trooping in camp today, Zimbabwe need more than a prayer for their talisman Knowledge Musona to be available for the crucial African Cup of Nations football qualifier against Congo at the National Sports Stadium this coming Sunday. The forward, who suffered an adductor strain last week, failed a fitness test last Friday ahead of his Belgian club Sporting Lokeren’s last game of the season. However, he has been keeping his fingers crossed ahead of further tests by the Zimbabwe national team…

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Mixed Fortunes For PSL Giants In Friendly Encounters

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Farai Dziva| Premier Soccer League returnees Hwange dismissed Highlanders 1-0 in a friendly match played at the Colliery on Saturday. Eddie Nkhulungo scored the solitary goal in the 37th minute after Bosso’s backline failed to clear the first attempt by Admire Banda. Chipangano fielded a full strength team that included goalkeeper Taimon Mvula, Gerald Ndlovu, Shepherd Gadzikwa, Gilbert Zulu and former Highlanders captain Felix Chindungwe. The visitors, on the other hand, had an equally strong team with Ariel Sibanda in goals and outfield players in the likes of Peter Muduhwa,…

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Warriors forwards in fine fettle

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BY Kevin Mapasure Warriors forwards go into their preparations for the crucial Group G Confederation of African Football (Caf) Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo Brazzaville at the back of fine performances for their respective clubs. Zimbabwe host Congo at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday in a match where they only need to avoid defeat for them to qualify for the finals that will be staged in Egypt between June and July this year. Forwards Tino Kadewere, who is based in France as well as the South Africa-based…

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Mhlauri backs Chidzambga

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BY FORTUNE MBELE FORMER Warriors coach Charles Mhlauri is confident Sunday Chidzambga will successfully lead the Warriors to a result that they require against Congo Brazzaville so that they qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Egypt. Zimbabwe top Group G of the qualifiers with eight points and just need a single point on Sunday to book a place for the Afcon finals in Egypt. United States-based Mhlauri is in the country and watched FC Platinum fall 2-1 to Esperance Tunis in their last Group B…

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Volleyball teams seek funding

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By Freeman Makopa The Zimbabwe Volleyball Association (ZVA) is battling to secure funds to send the men’s and women’s Under-21 teams to the Beach Volleyball Continental Africa Nations Cup (CAN) set for Egypt next month. The tournament will be used as part of the World Cup qualifiers. The tournament is scheduled to run from April 3 to 10, where only top four countries will qualify for the Volleyball U21 World Championships. ZVA president Ringisai Mapondera said his organisation was racing against time ahead of the tournament and was seeking around…

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UEFA Bans Christiano Ronaldo

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Christiano Ronaldo Own Correspondent|Juventus may be without star man Cristiano Ronaldo for their Champions League quarter-final against Ajax as the forward is reportedly being investigated by UEFA for swearing at Atletico Madrid fans. Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Juventus ‘s Serie A outing against Genoa on Sunday after playing a starring role in his side’s Champions League heroics. The Portuguese openly taunted the Atleti fans in the stands following Tuesday’s win, possibly in response to coach Diego Simeone’s similarly robust celebrations at the end of the first leg, but Allegri said…

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Platinum polished for PSL

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BY FORTUNE MBELE CASTLE Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza has no fears about his players burning out after their Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League participation ahead of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League programme that begins on March 30. FC Platinum concluded business in the premier continental club competition with a 2-1 defeat to Esperance Tunis at Barboufields Stadium on Saturday, and now shift focus to retaining the Premier League Championship. FC Platinum players have barely had a rest since conclusion of…

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