ZIFA reg deadline set

PREMIERSHIP clubs have one month to register their best 30 players before the deadline of February 29 that has been set ahead of the CBZ League games.

The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) this week said registration included Division One and other lower leagues.

PSL secretary Kennedy Ndebele ruled out any extension of the deadline and encouraged clubs to move with speed.

As a prerequisite for registration the PSL, Ndebele said, would need a copy of the contract agreed between a player and the club and current photographs of the player.  

Zifa said clubs are required to submit 30 names of players they would like to use for this season. Those playing outside Zimbabwe would be required to exhibit proof of being cleared in the form of a reverse international clearance.  

Pazanga wins cross country

MIDDLE-DISTANCE runner Samuel Pazanga won the Harare Athletics Board season’s opener and selection cross-country event at Morris Depot on Sunday.

The Manicaland athlete stopped the clock in 40 minutes 53 seconds to win the senior men’s 12km race ahead of Robson Chingwaru of the host province who timed 41 mins 22s.

Pre-race favourite Moses Njodzi was third on 41 mins 36s. Provincial selectors were using yesterday’s event to shortlist teams for the inter-provincial cross-country finals set for Redcliff on February 10.

Pazanga, being from Manicaland, was excluded from selection into the Harare team which saw Chingwaru, Njodzi, Peter Kawayo, James Chamunorwa, Andrew Chimbidzikai, Lloyd Tsengweni, Stephen Samwanza, Shadreck Mudimbu and Michael Chaponda being invited for further training ahead of the inter-provincials.

There was a very poor turn-out in the senior women’s category when only two athletes Melody Nyamaropa and Grace Simango competed in the 8km distance.

Nyamaropa won in 31.13 minutes while Simango finished second in 38.51 minutes.

Two other senior women, Rabia Filima and Magaret Mahohoma, arrived when the race was already underway and National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe administration officer Charity Nyamayedenga said they would be included in the provincial team.

Cecelia Mafirakureva, Mollen Kapirinyangwe, Pamela Mukangara, Lorraine Juru, Cecelia Muhove, Beauty Nyasha, Alice Buta, Ruth Ndoseva and Nyasha Bvunzawakura made it into the provincial team.  

Badminton revival

THE Badminton Association of Zimbabwe, whose aim is to rekindle the sport in Zimbabwe, has hosted a schools tournament at Prince Edward High school.

The tournament sees five Harare schools participating and these are Prince Edward, St Georges, Mufakose, Ellis Robins and Queen Elizabeth.

The Association’s Interim president, Chipo Zumburani, said they decided to start with schools because the resources are there and schools were still active in the sport despite its dormant state at professional level.

She added that the committee has a task to formulate clubs before they can venture into making the sport a competitive one for professionals.

The association’s revival project was boosted by the African Confederation’s donation of fifty rackets, five nets and fifty dozens of shuttles.

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