THE Bulawayo Metropolitan province National Association of Primary School Heads (Naph) athletics team go into camp at Ngubo Primary School tomorrow ahead of the inter-provincial competitions slated for March 27 and 28 at Hwange Stadium.
A team of 76 athletes to represent the province was selected on Thursday and Friday at White City Stadium during the inter-district competitions where Reigate District emerged winners scooping 25 gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze medals.
Bulawayo Naph chairman Njabulo Bango confirmed the team adding that he was confident the athletes would bring a good number of medals from Hwange.
“Now the team has been selected. We have 60 for athletics and 16 for physical education to represent the province. The athletes will start camping on Monday (tomorrow) at Ngubo Primary School and we have a very good team especially in the Under-13 and U-14 categories. If other provinces desist from the tendency of cheating we are definitely going to win. Some provinces cheated last year which is not good for the development of sport,” Bango said.
The athletes who will make the grade in Hwange will travel to Botswana for the Cossasa games set for April 25-28.
Ndumiso Ncube, a Baines Primary School sprinter stole the show in the Under-13 boys’ category clocking 26secs in the 200m and 12,78secs in the 100m events.
Bango also thanked the major sponsors Nestlé Zimbabwe and some corporates like Zero Suppliers, City Star, Falsseto Fam, Schweppes, Victory Fellowship Church and Esats, among others, for their assistance during the inter-district competitions.
Meanwhile, the Bulawayo provincial National Secondary School Heads athletics team is in camp at Northlea High School and will leave for Marondera on Tuesday for the inter-provincial competitions set for Thursday and Friday at Peterhouse College in Marondera.
On Thursday the provinces will battle it out in middle distance races and field events while on Friday they will finish off with track events.
Bulawayo is going to Marondera banking on individuals such as Milton Boys High sprinter Andile Khumalo, Pride Mugwagwa of Mncumbatha, Townsend sprinter Yvonne Vanhuvaone while the 15-year-old Milton’s Jordan Mubako, Induna High’s Queenity Mpofu and Hamilton’s Arshall Mukarati will be searching for gold in high jump.