ZIMBABWE were the biggest winners at the Southern African Teachers’ Organisation (Sato) games held in Livingstone, Zambia, with the team ending their medal haul with gold in the women’s soccer and netball.
In women’s soccer Zimbabwe dismissed hosts Zambia 3-0 in the semi-final with Sibonokuhle Sibanda scoring all three. They went on to beat Botswana 2-0 in the final.
Sibanda scored in the match against Botswana helping the team to win the gold medal.
Zimbabwe won gold in netball after beating Zambia 16-6 in a match that started evenly balanced, but the winners stepped up their game to conquer.
Zimta public relations officer Daisy Zambuko said they had represented the country to the best of their ability.
“The games were a success and they afforded teachers a chance to interact and find out the challenges that their colleagues faced in their respective countries. I believe we represented the country to the best of our abilities and we are now looking forward to next year’s competition that will be held in Durban, South Africa,” she said.
This year organisers of the competition said the games were held in Livingstone to help promote tourism not only in Zambia, but within the participating countries as well.
Countries participating were hosts Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Tanzania, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia.
Zimbabwe failed to collect their 10th gold medal in the men’s volleyball when they lost in the final to Swaziland.
The Zimbabwean teachers had beaten Zambia 2-1 in the semi final winning 18-25, 25-22 and 25-23 to book a place against Swaziland.
The team which included Nkosilathi Sibanda, Amos Gwinya, Ngoni Furgulasi, Ishmael Hobwana, Bernard Bere, Prosper Dube, Lungisani Mhlanga, Tafara Shava and Godfrey Kamanga failed to contain the Swaziland team which went on to beat than 2-0.
Swaziland won the match 25-22 and 25-19.
The men’s soccer team were outclassed in their semi-final match against Zambia, falling 2-0 to the hosts.
After the ball games the teams were taken for a tour of the Victoria Falls with some crossing over to the Zimbabwean side while others stayed in the Zambian side.
Last night Sato had a culture session for the teachers where different countries showcased their cultures.