HARARE – Ngezi High School were crowned this year’s champions in the girls and boys volleyball section of the Nash Zimplats Mhondoro-Ngezi District schools tournament held on Saturday.
Hosts Ngezi, emerged the biggest winners of the tournament that also encompassed netball, soccer and volleyball.
Their boys’ volleyball team led the way after capping an impressive run by beating Ngezi Barracks High School by two sets to one.
Inspirational captain and power heater Malcolm Magritta played a key role in Ngezi ’s success.
Their girls’ volleyball team showed similar distinction. The Rumbidzai Chigu-captained side beat St Oswald Zimhindo High School 2-0 in the final.
The ball games virtually brought the district of Mhondoro to a standstill with 29 schools making up 44 teams that competed for honours in the three disciplines on offer.
The tournament bankrolled by Zimplats to the tune of $30 000 saw Rimuka 3 High School winning the netball section of the sports fiesta.
Natasha Chimaimba was outstanding for Rimuka and her dominance went on to count in the final against Wanganue High School with the shooter scoring 23 points in Rimuka’s 29-10 victory.
The girls’ soccer section had its own heroes in Manyoni Secondary School who showed nerves of steel to beat Wanganue 3-2 on penalties in the final. The two teams had played to a 1-1 draw in regulation time.
Manyoni’s striker Rudo Mahuni deservedly walked away with the player of the tournament award.
In the boy’s category Ngezi Barracks High School, winners of last year’s soccer competition successfully defended their title, with prolific scorer Takunda Nyoni who had five goals in four games having the biggest influence.
On their way to the final Ngezi Barracks saw off Rimuka 3 High School 6-0 and St Oswalds 2-0.
They went on to beat Wanganue 1-0 in the final courtesy of Sylvester Zindeye’s strike.
The school’s sports tournament begun in 2010 with 15 teams as a way to promote sports in secondary schools in the rural Mhondoro-Ngezi District.
Since then it has grown to become the biggest schools sports tournament in the district with winners receiving kits and cash prizes.
Obert Mujeri, Mhondoro-Ngezi district educational officer encouraged the over 550 pupils who converged for the tournament to take sports seriously as it has become a well-paying career.
“Others are making a living off playing sports and this is something our generation took for granted,” he said.