Byo Christian league targets prisoners

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THE Bulawayo Christian League plans to embark on a prisoner fellowship programme that will see affiliates visiting correctional services facilities to minister to inmates.

SAKHELENI NXUMALO
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Veteran coach Cosmas “Tsano” Zulu, the Bulawayo Christian League’s technical advisor, told Southern Eye he suggested to his bosses that one of their teams should visit correctional facilities to preach the gospel.

“I have suggested to the board that one of our teams should every Wednesday go and play games with inmates and should be accompanied by pastors who wOUlD conduct a church service after the games,” Zulu said.

He added that the idea was still awaiting approval and the ball would start rolling once clearance had been obtained.

The Bulawayo Christian League currently has football and netball as the two sporting disciplines played by their affiliates, but Zulu said they would soon take a leaf from their counterparts the Botswana Inter-Church Sports Association that has eight disciplines.

“Coincidentally, my former colleague at Highlanders, Lawrence Phiri, is involved in a similar programme in Botswana. He recently sent me information about their operations.

“They have quite a number of sporting disciplines that they play and we are also considering adding chess and darts to the list as both sports are cheap to set up,” Zulu said.

The former Highlanders coach and manager recently held a workshop for some of the coaches that handle Bulawayo Christian League teams where he gave coaches lessons on how to conduct themselves, how to come up with training programmes and tips on player identification.

Zulu, who was appointed as technical advisor responsible for capacity building at the beginning of the year, has asked the Zimbabwe Coaches’ Association to organise a Level One coaching course for Bulawayo Christian League coaches which will be held as soon as they pay the required course fee.