Katanda gears up for Cossasa games

The head of the National Association of Secondary School Heads (NASH) in charge of basketball, Thompson Katanda, has begun preparing his charges for the Confederation of Schools Sports of Southern Africa Games set for August.

The event is a school sport event for football, volleyball and netball with participants competing in the U17 age group. Recently, Katanda was among the respected spectators who witnessed Mashonaland West retaining the National Association of Secondary School Heads Under-17 basketball finals at Mosi O Tunya High.

The province won 27-26 after having beaten Mashonaland Central 26-16 in the semi-finals while Harare had dismissed Bulawayo 22-16 in the other semi-finals.

“I am pleased that the tournament gave us an opportunity to select a total of 40 players, 20 girls and an equal number of boys who will soon report for a camp to prepare for the Cossasa games coming up in August,” Katanda said. “I was very much impressed by the quality of the competition. It was great and it showed that all the teams were prepared for the event.”

Mash West boys and Harare girls managed to defend their titles despite a strong challenge by Harare boys and Mash East respectively. I believe we are growing and our youngsters are showing zeal for a greater future ahead we need to keep supporting them.”

The big award went to Mashonaland West’s Tinashe Mavhura of Conway College after he was voted the Most Valuable Player after leading his school to victory. Mashonaland Central settled for the bronze medal after defeating Bulawayo 34-23 in the third place play off while Mashonaland East were sixth place.

In the girls’ finals, Happiness Moroto was voted the MVP as Harare won gold. Harare’ girls beat Mashonaland East 16-13. On their way to the finals, Harare’s girls had sailed 26-13 past Matabeleland South in the semis as Mash East got the better of Mashonaland West 23-15 in the other tie.

There was consolation for Mash West’s girls as they won the bronze medal after a 19-14 win over Matabeleland South.

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