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BUZ inaugural awards on cards

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THE Basketball Union of Zimbabwe (BUZ) will hold first-ever awards ceremony aimed at honouring teams and players who excelled in 2013 to 2014 basketball events at Prince Edward High School in Harare on Saturday.

SUKOLUHLE MTHETHWA
SPORTS REPORTER

BUZ secretary-general Joe Mujuru confirmed the inaugural awards ceremony.

“We are going to have the basketball awards ceremony at Prince Edward High School on Saturday. We are working with two major sponsors — Metro Peech and Browne who are the event sponsors. TelOne is sponsoring prizes which include trophies, medals, miniatures, shields and certificates,” he said.

“We are very excited that we are having the awards for the first time. We are breaking new ground. This is also going to increase the level of competition in basketball because now there will be something to play for. We are looking forward to seeing the awards becoming even bigger,” he said.

Mujuru said they would recognise players who were outstanding in the Ronald Garura Memorial Tournament which was won by Bulawayo women’s side Lakers and Cameo from Harare.

The two are in line for another prizes as they won the Bob 90 Cup which was played in Harare in February. Harare men and Bulawayo women’s teams will get recognition for winning inter-provincial tournaments which were held in Bulawayo a month later.

Vixens, Greens Stars and JBC — all from Harare — will be rewarded for coming first, second and third respectively in the national club championships which were hosted in the Midlands town of Gweru in May while Cameo, Raiders and Southern Mavericks men’s teams will be honoured in the same category.

The coach of the season, referee of the season as well as the team of the season will be rewarded for their efforts.

“In the team of the season category we are going to honour the Youth Games team that represented the country in Botswana. They are now ranked fourth in Africa,” he said.

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