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How Mental & Emotional Agility Won A Budding Tennis Player Silver

by Nkosi Sithole NUST-ZW @grujicrobinho7

How Mental & Emotional Agility Won A Budding Tennis Player Silver
Celine Muzarabani

THE last Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (ZUSA) games before Covid-19 happened left some athletes disappointed, yet they were a shining light from a peep hole of a narrow tunnel to others.


For Celine Muzarabani, a tennis player and part of NUST Tennis team who dared to reach the ‘sky’ as her nickname plays it out, the award was a silver accolade coveted by many.

I won silver there along with the whole tennis team,” said Celine who is affectionately called Sky by colleagues. “That right there, winning silver, was the best feeling ever, I can’t even explain it,” she added with excitement.

Celine’s top notch performances in the hunger games (ZUSA games 2019) struck the fancy of her former mentor and trainer Keletso Malane. Malane, a tennis coach at Elite Tennis Village based at Whitestone Primary School praised Celine’s effort and sportsmanship.

“She (Celine) is committed, when she decides she wants to do something she puts in the time,” said Malane.

Malane believes that Celine has capabilities to do well in varsity sport format.

“I would say if she continues putting in the effort and the required time required for the sport, in three years she can represent the Zimbabwe varsities team,” added Malane.

The drive to excel

Celine is a player who has stayed sharp, focused and has an edge over other players because of her positive attitude despite the fact that the she lives with a condition that typically causes emotional and psychological distress in others.

The budding tennis player has Alopecia Areata – a disorder in which the hair sheds off from the scalp. As a result, some people with the condition experience depression, anxiety, withdrawal and isolation.

“My hair condition affects everything that concerns me but I’ve learnt to deal with it in the years,” proclaimed Celine.

The student further attributed her success to emotional and mental agility. “I think being strong emotionally and calculative mentally have helped me to stay focused and sharp in the game,” said Celine.

A supportive family and a good mentor

How Mental & Emotional Agility Won A Budding Tennis Player Silver
Celine ‘Sky’ Muzarabani

Not only is the loss of hair a motivation for her to perform, her family and friends in the sport are her biggest motivation too.

Celine is happy to have worked with her former trainer, Malane, who encouraged and supported her always.

“Malane saw so much potential in me,” maintained Celine. “He would help me with practice, tell me that I was a good player and that I can win every game even after having lost so badly,” she added.

“My family definitely is the force behind my success because they always tell me that they are proud of me and they always push me when I feel like I cannot and, I think that has brought me this far,” said Celine.


The former Coghlan Primary School and Usher Girls High School student started plying her trade in the sport at an early age.

“I started playing tennis due to the interests I had in the sport when I was at primary school but I was very inconsistent so I stopped, then got back to it when I was in form three and went back to it when I was in lower sixth after a short break in play,” said Celine.


Celine wishes to excel academically and also in sport so that she would be in a position to give back to the community.

“I hope to excel so much that I’ll be able to be in a position where more people recognise my efforts and also that I want to be able to give back to the community and people that have put so much for me to grow and excel,” claimed Celine.



Celine also hopes that the NUST tennis team makes headlines and does rounds in the media.


“In the next five years I want to see NUST tennis team in newspapers, national and international television and to be considered the best players country wide,” said Celine.

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Terah tearing NUST music apart

By Nkocy Sithole @grujic_robinho7

Emmanuel Nxongo aka Reezy Terah

National University of Science and Technology is known for producing best academics, athletes, but music has not been one of them and a young artist is slowly rising out of the ashes like a phoenix hoping to reach the skies.

Emmanuel Nxongo, a twenty-one-year old currently doing his part two studies in Chemical Engineering is also trying to put his name on the map with his few solo tracks with a stage name of Reezy Terah.

He has not been able to put himself out there as he would have wanted because of school constraints and other commitments and has been limited to singles only.

“I will start releasing more tracks as in an album when I’m more ready and stable,” says Terah. 

Emmanuel started his music career when he was drawn into his former high school choir. That was when he started his recording sessions.

I started by (singing) joining the choir when I was in form one, that was 2011 but soon dropped out and came back 2015 when I recorded my first solo track,” said Terah.

The former Sandringham High School student released an afro-pop solo track in 2015.

My first track was a love song titled my one and only,” said Terah.

Takudzwa Mutasa, a NUST student is impressed by the quality and determination put in by Terah in his music and that people should take him seriously.

Terah’s songs are nice and they are of good quality and I like the energy he puts in his songs and I hope that people could take him seriously”, said Mutasa.

His latest hit is proving to be a force to reckon with as it is ravaging streams on YOUTUBE.

“My latest single Chihwitsi Chemoyo has more than a thousand streams on YOUTUBE”, said Terah.

One student from NUST by the name of Shelton Nyathi who is studying Risk and Insurance says the music produced by Terah is of a different dynamism.

“The track (Chihwitsi Chemoyo) took me by surprised and a loved listening to it and hope other students can check it out and see how talented the young man is”, said Nyathi. 

Emmanuel is not only a regular artist but he is proving to be a jack of all trades in terms of music genres.

I am into afro-pop, RnB and trap but my heart goes mostly for afro-pop, added Reezy Terah. 

The young artist takes his musical inspiration from himself mostly but American Carter junior is his former inspiration now.

“My inspiration used to be Lil Wayne but now inspire myself”, proclaimed Terah.

In 2017, Terah enrolled with NUST to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Terah is a young man who has his life planned out, how he desires it to be after his varsity life”.

I do have my life set out the way I would wish it to be like but for now I cannot really tell you my aspirations but only that I want to live in the moment,” maintains Terah.

Terah lamented the lack of recognition of the art in the institution as he feels it is looked down upon.

At NUST we can see that they introduced Campus Awards for slay queens and best couples but not even one for musicians,” said Terah.

Reezy Terah also feels that the money in the industry is not healthy to take care of one.

In Zimbabwe there is no money and it is not enough to sustain you as a career, Terah pointed out.

Not only is he (Nxongo) is he an artist but also an artist activist in the institution.

“At the moment I have worked so hard to be indirectly but part of the current SRC under entertainment Committee and I push as an artist activist,” Terah said.

With this initiative, it has actually helped other artists to be recognised and push for other supporting programmes in the institution.

We have supported the initiative of Open Mic Sessions and on Miss Nust the after party will be full hands on powered by NUST artists,” Terah pointed out.

Terah feels like artists in NUST and Zimbabwe as a whole have to be themselves so as to improve the state of the genre (afro-pop).

“I think more of the artists in my genre should try to be natural and stop copying Nigerians and until then Zimbabweans will take us (musicians) seriously”, said Terah.

 

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MEET The NUST SOCCER TEAM CAPTAIN: RUNYARARO MANDAZA

by Nkocy Sithole | Nust- ZW @grujicrobinho7
Runyararo Gift Mandaza

The National University of Science and Technology (Nust), is abound with raw talent.

Runyararo Gift Mandaza, a twenty-two-year-old soccer player
is one out of the many gifted youngsters at the institution.


Because of his deft touches in the field and ability to command, the up-and-coming soccer star has been given the responsibility to captain the NUST soccer team.


His teammates appreciate the efforts that he puts in during training sessions and games.


“Exemplary, hardworking and his hard work motivates the team and carries it too,” said Keith Tendai Moyana, one of his teammates.
“He is a very good captain,” added Moyana.


Not only are his teammates impressed by his efforts but they are also in full praise for his ball retention and other central midfielder attributes.


“He has a very long accurate passing range and he retains the ball well in the midfield,” said Clyde Isaac, another teammate.


Mandaza started playing football at a young age and has only had love for one sport. He says he was lured into football at his young age by his primary friends.


“Well I started (playing) soccer at a young age in the streets. It has always been my passion since and I never tried other sports. I grew to love the sport and I hope to pursue this career as a soccer player,” said Mandaza.


“So, my friends motivated me to come and join the soccer team at Ruvheneko primary and that is what unveiled the soccer passion in me,” claimed Mandaza.


The former Ruvheneko Primary School player is a well gifted and also a hard worker player who seemingly posses both Messi and Cristiano’s attributes of talent and hardwork.


“I think I have both attributes, I am naturally talented and at the same time I do train a lot on my techniques and fitness levels,” said Mandaza.


Being a player who is naturally gifted and a hardworker, it comes as no surprise that his role models are people who also fit that billing.


“My role models are Clemence Matawu and Cristiano Ronaldo because I admire their dedication and hard work in the field. I also admire Ronaldo’s determination and the way he concentrates on what he wants to achieve as a footballer. To me this is quite appealing”, added Mandaza.


His only cup win came with Churchill High School where they won the 2012 edition of the NASH U17 soccer tournament.


In 2017, he enrolled with NUST to pursue a degree in Statistics and Operations Research.


Mandaza is a young man who has his life planned out, how he wishes and wants it to be like in future on and off the pitch.


“I do hope to be able use my degree and my talent at the same time after graduation because I have entrepreneurship in mind for the future,” maintains Mandaza.


Mandaza is very optimistic and hopeful of a brighter future for the Nust soccer team.


“It would be a great opportunity for Nust to go back to division one and maybe a promotion into the top-flight league because that will give more exposure to the great talent at Nust,” said Mandaza.


But before all this happens for Nust, Mandaza feels attitude and approach of the university to football matters has to change.


“I think with proper training and humility, NUST may be dominating university in the years to come,” the captain pointed out.


Mandaza still thinks that grassroot soccer in Zimbabwe has to be prioritised so as to be able to identify and nurture talent in the country at earlier stages.


“I think proper training facilities for grassroots would be a start with the aid of talent identification strategies would also help,” Mandaza said.


The NUST soccer captain has set the horizon as his limit for what he can do in the world of football and he is very hopeful of a success story.


“I do hope to play in the national league and also even play internationally in the coming years,” the NUST captain pointed out.