Warriors handed tough 2021 Afcon qualification draw

Warriors handed tough 2021 Afcon qualification draw 1

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE’S Warriors face a tough qualification pathway for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations after being drawn in a tough Group H which features North African giants Algeria and Southern African rivals Zambia and Botswana. The top two countries at the end of the conclusion of the qualifiers will book their ticket for the 24-team tournament to be held in Cameroon. The qualification ties will be staged from October 7 and will end in November 2020. Zimbabwe will head into the qualifiers aiming to secure their third…

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Zimbabwe suspended from international cricket

Zimbabwe suspended from international cricket 3

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE’S participation in the qualifiers for the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup hangs in the balance after the ICC suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect for violation of global body’s constitution which doesn’t allow any government interference in the sport. The tough stance by the ICC comes after the Tavengwa Mukuhlani-led Zimbabwe Cricket board was suspended by the Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) last month. “Zimbabwe Cricket has been suspended with immediate effect. The ICC Board unanimously decided that Zimbabwe Cricket, an ICC Full Member,…

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ICC suspends Zimbabwe over government interference, calls for restoration of board

ICC suspends Zimbabwe over government interference, calls for restoration of board 5

LONDON, England – Zimbabwe Cricket has been suspended with immediate effect, the International Cricket Council said in a statement on Thursday. The decision was taken in the ICC Annual Conference in London. The ICC took the decision after the government’s Sports and Recreation Commission suspended the Zimbabwe Cricket Board led by Tavengwa Mukuhlani for holding elections which it had demanded are shelved. ICC rules prohibit government interference. The ICC unanimously took the decision stating that Zimbabwe Cricket had failed to fulfil their obligation to “provide a process for free and…

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Netball World Cup: Gems lose to Malawi Queens

Netball World Cup: Gems lose to Malawi Queens 7

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE suffered their third defeat in five outings at the ongoing Netball World Cup after going down 43-59 to Malawi in an All-African Group F match at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England. Malawi’s victory meant they secured third place in Group F ahead of the Gems, who have now won two and lost three of the matches they have played at the global showpiece. The Gems, whose impressive performances despite their limited resources have captured the imagination of the whole nation and beyond, registered victories…

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Nigeria’s ex-Chelsea star Obi Mikel dumps Super Eagles

Nigeria’s ex-Chelsea star Obi Mikel dumps Super Eagles 9

BBC Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi has confirmed his retirement from international football. The 32-year-old midfielder made 89 appearances for his country between 2005 and 2019, scoring six times. Mikel, who has just signed for Trabzonspor in Turkey had already told BBC Sport that the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt would be his last appearance on the continental showpiece event. “At the age of 32 it’s time for me to retire from the national team and let the youth take over, (sic) who’ve done an amazing job securing…

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Cosafa dismiss Zifa’s bid to recall Chiyangwa

Cosafa dismiss Zifa’s bid to recall Chiyangwa 11

By Sports Reporter THE Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) has dismissed attempts by the Felton Kamambo-led ZIFA board to recall former local football boss Phillip Chiyangwa from his position as the president of the regional football bloc after reminding them that they had no authority to do so. ZIFA last week wrote to Cosafa seeking to recall Chiyangwa from his position as Cosafa president amid accusations he fronted a “third force” that allegedly destabilised the Warriors camp during their disappointing Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt. However,…

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The extraordinary story of Zimbabwe’s netball minnows: ‘Think how much better we would be with funding’

The extraordinary story of Zimbabwe’s netball minnows: ‘Think how much better we would be with funding’ 13

The Telegraph A few hours before his side claimed an unlikely third World Cup victory over Barbados on Tuesday, Zimbabwe head coach Lloyd Makunde snatched some time for a quick shopping trip in Liverpool city centre. With a meagre sum of £30, he headed for the nearest sports shop to see how far he could stretch his cash. The objects of his desire were “cones, resistance bands, hurdles” and the type of training equipment that every netball club in Britain has in abundance, but which are so lacking in Zimbabwe.…

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‘Billiat must learn from Neymar’s case’, urged to stick with Amakhosi

‘Billiat must learn from Neymar’s case’, urged to stick with Amakhosi 15

KickOff Khama Billiat has been urged to stay at Kaizer Chiefs by an Amakhosi legend, who has likened the former Mamelodi Sundowns star’s situation to that of wantaway Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar. Billiat, 28, was Zimbabwe’s star man at the Africa Cup of Nations, netting one goal en route to the Warriors’ group stage elimination from the spectacle. In addition to being praised for his individual exploits in Egypt, the three-time Absa Premiership winner drew interest from a number of teams, including Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca, according to Billiat’s agent…

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Gems notch up third Netball World Cup win, to face Malawi for top 8 finish

Gems notch up third Netball World Cup win, to face Malawi for top 8 finish 17

Zimbabwe 66-41 Barbados LIVERPOOL, England – Zimbabwe romped to a routine win over Barbados at the Netball World Cup on Tuesday, and will be guaranteed a top eight finish if they can beat Malawi on Thursday. The Gems have now won three of their five matches at the World Cup in their debut appearance. Defeats have come against world champions Australia and the only other team other than Australia to win the World Cup since 1983 – New Zealand. Coach Loyd Makunde told reporters after the game that the World…

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Mtawarira set to announce retirement plans

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By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE-BORN South African rugby star Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira has revealed that he will make a decision on his Springbok future later this year after the World Cup in Japan. The 33-year-old veteran prop‚ who has played over 100 Test matches for the Springboks is reportedly considering his future after a glittering career which has also seen him featuring for the South African side Sharks in Super Rugby. Mtawarira is however facing stiff competition from the younger members of the team like Lizo Gqoboka‚ who had a terrific…

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