BASKETBALL Union of Zimbabwe (BUZ) secretary-general Joe Mujuru says they are happy to have held their first-ever awards at Prince Edward High School in Harare on Saturday.
Metro Peech and Browne Wholesalers were the major sponsors of the event while TelOne and other sponsors came on board assisting the association to hold the awards.
“We are very excited that we had our inaugural awards on Saturday. It is a very good initiative because now players have something to play for,” he said.
“We also appreciate the sponsorship we got from the various sponsors who came on board.”
Prince Edward and Girls’ High School walked away with shields for winning the Top Schools Basketball competition respectively while Harare men and Bulawayo women had the same accolades for winning the inter-provincial championships that were held in Bulawayo in March.
Agrippa Masvisvi from Cameo in Harare and Juliet Misihairabwi walked away with a trophy, hamper and certificates for winning the most valuable player (MVP) awards in the inter-provincial championships.
Cameo men’s team and Lakers women’s teams from Bulawayo walked away with shields for coming first in the Bob 90 Cup played in Harare in February while Langton Moyo from Cameo was awarded a shield for winning the coach of the year award.
He won the Bob 90, Ronald Garura Memorial and was recognised for coming second in the Harare Provincial League.
Joyce Muchena from Harare won the referee of the year accolade and was rewarded with a trophy for her efforts while Ngoni Mukukula received a trophy, hamper and a certificate for winning the BUZ Life Achievement Award.
Zimbabwe basketball national team player Geraldine Chibonda, who was injured in the women’s Afro-basket tournament in Mozambique in September last year and was hospitalised in the neighbouring country, received a miniature in the Against All Odds category.
JBC men and Raiders women, Unicorns (men), Midlands State University (women), Mavericks (men), Lakers (women) and Mercenaries men’s teams each received a certificate and a hamper for winning their respective leagues.
The Youth Games team that represented the country in Botswana, a result which saw them rise to become fourth in Africa, won the team of the season accolade.
Each player got a shield while Petra Mukondo who won a gold medal in Botswana, was also recognised in the performance of the season award, receiving a medal and a trophy.
Cameo received another prize for coming first in the national championships while Raiders and Southern Mavericks were rewarded for winning the silver and bronze medals while Vixens, Greens Stars and JBC were the top teams in the women’s section.
Taurai Chitsinde won the MVP accolade in the men’s section while Rumbidzai Dhliwayo scooped the women’s award. The teams received trophies, shields and medals.
Noah Phenduka from Prince Edward and Sithabile Ngandini each received a miniature and a medal for their good perfomance in the Zimbabwe National Youth Games that were held in Masvingo last month.