ALABAMA, USA – Swimming sensation, Kirsty Coventry has won the United States Sports Academy’s Alabama Athlete of the Month award for the second time this year.
According to reports from the United States, Coventry was named Athlete of the Month for April following her award for February. The voting for Coventry was almost unanimous.
Coventry has dominated the international swimming scene.
In February, the 24-year-old swimmer broke the second oldest record in swimming (16 years) when she swam the 200-metre backstroke in a world-record time of 2 minutes 06.39 seconds at the Missouri Grand Prix.
And she was duly rewarded for this remarkable achievement by being named the United States Sports Academy Female Athlete of the Month for February for the first time this year.
The award was just the tonic that Coventry needed as she prepared for the Fina World Short-course Championships in Manchester, England, in April.
In Manchester, Coventry was just like a ball of fire as she, among other notable achievements, broke the world’s oldest short-course record.
Setting her third world mark and winning her fourth gold medal, Coventry swam the 200-metre individual medley in 2:06.13, shattering American Allison Wagner’s 14-year-old mark of 2:07.79.
Apart from setting three world records in Manchester, Coventry also came out with a five-medal haul Ã¢â‚¬â€ four gold, and one bronze.
And that was good enough to earn her the special award of Best Female Swimmer at the end of the five-day championships in Manchester.
Coventry took home the Fina Women’s Trophy for the second time in her illustrious career.
Mathutu new Caps coach as Masomere quits
Jostein Mathuthu appointed as coach of Premier League giants Caps United at a time when the club has been struggling this season.
The Zimbabwean on Sunday understands that Mathuthu will be assessed on his performance in the next five games, which will determine if he could be the right man to take them to the promised land.
in the last two years Caps have had a high turnover of coaches, who were either fired or left the club due to poor results and disagreements with management. Caps director Farai Jere said he was hoping the appointment of Mathuthu would improve the club’s performance.
We believe he has the right formula for the team to start producing good results, and maintain our status as one of the leagues giants.
Mathuthu, who comes from Motor Action replaces Luke Masomere, who was sacked last weekend for repeatedly failing to produce results.
Caps United have lost their last five Premiership matches and the final straw for Masomere came when the 2005 champions fell 3-1 to Underhill at Mucheke.
Mathuthu was officially introduced to Caps United players during a training session at the Glamis Arena yesterday afternoon, May 28. He tried to keep a tight lid on his sudden shift of base, only pointing to the fact that he was now in charge of the Caps United technical department.
Caps still do not have an assistant coach after Gishon Ntini was the first to be axed, while Albert “Dalala” Mabika had earlier left to become the head coach at Southern Region Division One side Shabanie Mine.
Warriors date Guinea
WARRIORS will begin their campaign of the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations in the first qualifying match against Guinea, in Conakry, today.(is this 1/6/08?)
Coached by the Brazilian-based (what is his first name?) Valinhos, the national team boasts a number of internationally experienced players such as Manchester City striker, Captain Benjani Mwaruwari.
Veteran Harlington Shereni, Kaizer Chiefs duo of Tinashe Nengomasha and left back Onisimo Bhasera the Belgian based pair of Vusa Nyoni (Cercle Brugge) and Cephas Chimedza (Sint Truiden), Joseph Ngwenya who is based in Australia, Mamelodi Sundowns’ reliable playmaker, Esrom Nyandoro, fresh from a winning streak after lifting the Nedbank Cup a week ago, will be among the skilled foreign-based players making up the national team.
Warriors’ first choice goalkeeper, Tapuwa Kapini, did not travel with the team on May 28 having failed to report for the national team camp.
In his place is Bosso’s number one, Washington Arubi and Caps United’s Energy Murambadoro.
Several other local based players such as Highlanders skipper Gilbert Banda, Harare giants’ trusted midfielder, Justice Majabvi and the young and zestful Gunners captain, Zhaimu Jambo were dropped.
Valinhos, who had an opportunity to spy on Guinea during the Africa Cup of Nations, in Ghana, early this year, might as well know how his opponents play as the later boasts an equal number of foreign-based veteran footballers.
Guinea will be looking up to the services of goalkeeper Kamoko Camara (Dundee United, Scotland), Turkey-based defenders, Daouda Jabi, Alimou Diallo and Oumar Kalabane.
African Champions league holders’ (Etoile du Sahel/Tunisia) midfielder, Mohamed Sacko and strikers, Aly Doumbouya (France), Karamoko Ciss (Italy) among several other experienced players will give the Warriors a tough challenge in the race for a place in the global football showpiece.
Zimbabwe will again clash with Namibia, at home, on June 6 as they continue their hunt for a berth in the 2010 Word Cup and next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, in Angola.
Squad: Goalkeepers – Washington Arubi (Highlanders), Energy Murambadoro (CAPS United). Defenders – Onisimo Bhasera (Kaizer Chiefs, SA), Zvenyika Makonese (Santos, SA), Obert Moyo (Pretoria University, SA), James Matola (Free State Stars, SA), Harlington Shereni (FC Nantes, France), David Kutyauripo (CAPS United), Sam Mutenheri (Dynamos). Midfielders – Esrom Nyandoro (Mamelodi Sundowns, SA), Tinashe Nengomasha (Kaizer Chiefs, SA), Vusa Nyoni (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Cephas Chimedza (Sint Truiden, Belgium), Clemence Matawu (Motor Action). Strikers – Gilbert Mushangazhike (Orlando Pirates, SA), Benjani Mwaruwari (Manchester City, England), Takesure Chinyama (Legia Warsaw, Poland), Joseph Ngwenya (SK Austria, Austria).
DeMbare off to DRC friendlies
Zimbabwe soccer champion Dynamos left the country yesterday for the Democratic Republic of Congo where they are due to play that country’s league champions TP Mazembe in two friendlies on May 30 and on June 1 in Lubumbashe.
Dynamos Secretary General Tawanda Murerekwa told The Zimbabwean that they are using the matches as part of preparations for the cup champion’s league group matches.
We want to play a strong team which is also in the champions league. We hope to come up with the right players after the friendlies for the continental showcase, he said
Dynamos is in group A with Asec Mimosa of Cote d’ivore, Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Zamalek, while TP Mazembe is in group B with Cotton Sport of Cameroon, Enyimba of Nigeria and Alhilal of Sudan.
DeMbare welcomed back the injured duo of in-form midfielder Desmond Maringwa and Wonder Sithole while forgotten striker Norman Maroto also made the trip.
Dynamos, who were scheduled to play Underhill at the weekend, have had their match postponed and will face Monomotapa on June 5.
Dynamos team that travelled to the DRC: W Manyatera; T Dube; T Sweswe; W Mapfumo; J Majabvi; W Sithole; D Maringwa; B Tuwaya; E Sadomba; A Dzukamanja; D Shoko; N Maroto; S Mutizirwa; M Moyo; D Phiri; L Tsipa; R Mhlan