THE Bulawayo Metropolitan Province yesterday released the names of basketball players to represent the province in the Zimbabwe National Youth Games that will be held in the city next month.
Bulawayo Province Youth Games co-ordinator Sincengile Mzemba yesterday told Southern Eye Sport that they had released the names of the players.
“We have named the players who will represent the province in the Youth Games. We have been selecting the team in the past two months and we trimmed it down last Sunday. On Saturday we will be having a fundraising event at Milton High School because we need to get new kits and tracksuits for our teams,” she said.
“Our theme for this year’s game sis “Going for Gold” because we are expecting gold from our teams. The aim of the fundraising event will also be to advertise basketball. We have invited teams like Lords, Mavericks, Giants and Highlanders for the fundraising event. We are also hoping to give our Youth Games team practice matches,” she added.
The teams comprise players who turn out for various clubs in the Bulawayo Basketball Association League. Nkulumane High School player Bukhosi Mafu turns out for Stars at club level, Andile Chirinda (Milton, ZB Titans), Gabriel Chimboera (Gifford ZB Titans), Wazawaka Gonah (Founders, Oilers), Shaun Noble (Speciss College and Oilers) and Farai Kamufudze (Gifford, ZB Titans).
Other players include Washington Nyambayo (Northlea), Tanaka Fusire (Christian Brothers’ College), Tinotenda Bangi (Northlea), Takudzwa Dende (St Columbus), Muziwandile Ndwalaza (Christian Brothers’ College) and Jimmy Mhlanga (Gifford).
Joseph John (Milton), Mduduzi Nyathi and Eric Mujumi (Masiyephambili College) complete the boys team.
The girls’ team has Nomagugu Nxumalo (Nkulumane, Giants), Makhosazana Ncube (Nkulumane), Brandina Muleya (Nkulumane, Giants), Isabel Sibanda (Girls’ College, Giants), Faith Bhebhe
(Highlanders), Valerie Zulu (Northlea, Giants), Beauty Katiji (Founders) and Rufaro Ndokanga from Masiyephambili.
Lakers pair of Rukudzo Matsekwa and Rumbidzai Kabasa, Blessing Samson (Highlanders) and Vimbai Hamandishe — all from Dominican Convent — as well as Shannez Siziba (Montrose), Memory Moyo (Townsend), Nomagugu Chiwiuza (Ihlathi, Hawks) and Lenny Mukamba from Ihlathi complete the girls’ team.
The boys’ team is coached by Liberty Nyathi while Pretty Tinarwo is in charge of the girls’ team.