Chiwuiza destined for greater heights

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Nomagugu Chiwuiza is a 16-year-old teenager, doing Form Three at Ihlathi High School where her talent is being nurtured.

Ronald Moyo
Sports Reporter

She is a basketball player who took up the sport in 2009 at the age of 11 when she was in Grade Six.

To date, Chiwuiza still plays the sport with passion hoping one day she would be a world-class basketball player.

“In the next five years I see myself playing world-class basketball,” she says.

“I have the passion for the sport so nothing can stop me from being a world class basketball player. Being a world-class-player is something I want to achieve in life.”

Chiwuiza was born in Nkulumane high-density suburb but grew up in Sizinda.

According to her team coach Lucky Masuku, Chiwuiza is one of the players that the Bulawayo Basketball association (BBA) league outfits Ihlathi Hawk is banking on, to win the championship.

“She has been playing tremendously, she is one of the key players we are expecting to lead us in our league games,” Masuku said.

“With age at her side there is still room for her to play even much better than she does right now.
“With no doubt I see her fitting in the senior’s national team at the age of 18.”

Chiwuiza, a playmaker-led Ihlathi to glory in 2011 at Montrose winning the National Association for Secondary School Heads (Nash) Under-14 basketball tournament where she was voted the most valuable player.

She went on to lead the same team to the (Nash) provincial finals in Gweru, representing Bulawayo Metropolitan Province.

Ihlathi are current Nash Under-17 provincial champions after beating Founders High School in the final.

Chiwuiza was called into the under 16 national team which was supposed to go to Mozambique in October, but the games were later cancelled.

She draws her inspiration from BBA league competitors Highlanders’ player Pretty Tinarwo.

Chiwuiza is also a good athlete as she does high jump and also likes watching soccer.

Asked how she juggles her sport and her books, Chiwuiza said it was easy for her because she has a time table for her books and plays basketball during training times.