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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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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.

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student RUGBY star receives Zimbabwe honour as Sports Personality of the Year

By Elzaan van Eeden | @GoodthingsGuy

Johannesburg, South Africa – University of Johannesburg student Stephen Bhasera has been honoured by his native country, Zimbabwe, for his hard work and dedication to rugby.

The Varsity Cup prop, who has been sadly sidelined for the season by an injury, has been nominated for the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards in the Sports Personality of the Year category for 2019.

“It is an initiative that honours Zimbabweans who reside outside of their home country and are doing commendable things in a variety of fields,” said Bhasera, who will graduate from UJ with a law degree (LLB) in April.

“It covers categories from business to community work to academia, sports, culture and media.

“The awards take place annually to honour Zimbabweans based in five different countries and I have been nominated for Sports Personality of the Year for South Africa 2019.”

The 23-year-old Bhasera said he was privileged to be considered for the award.

“It is a good feeling to receive the recognition, but also humbling to be named among people such as Kaitano Tembo (SuperSport United coach) and Tapiwa Mafura, who himself took the Varsity Cup by storm in 2018.”

With his home base being Kadoma in Zimbabwe, Bhasera lives in Atholl in Johannesburg, although he will be leaving later this year to study in the United Kingdom.

Having initially received offers to attend various top law schools around the world, Bhasera chose to pursue his career in UJ.

“I took that route because I wanted to exhaust my desire to play professional rugby and to play at the highest level,” he recalled after leaving school at Falcon College in Zimbabwe.

“Having the Lions [rugby franchise] on board in terms of a contractual commitment was the main motivation for deciding to take the SA route.”

He turned out for the Lions U19 team in 2015 and played for the province in the SuperSport Challenge and the Currie Cup premier division.

After being part of the Young Guns set-up at UJ, he graduated to the Varsity Cup squad this year before the injury ended his future in the competition.

“I played the first three games of the season and then suffered an injury in training that has put me out for the rest of the programme.

“Despite that my Varsity Cup experience has been largely positive – it’s a unique initiative that combines the benefits of top-level rugby with the perks of studying at an institution of higher education.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve found the transition into Varsity Cup difficult or the games to be more physical than what I’ve experienced before. However, it is still an extremely high level of rugby.”

For now, though, his sporting career will be on the backburner as he turns his attention to a Masters in Law degree (LLM), starting in the UK in September.

Source:  
https://www.goodthingsguy.com/sport/uj-rugby-student-zimbabwe-honour/
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Update: Nust Cricket Squad Succumbs to 3rd Defeat in Redbull Campus Cricket World Finals against United Arab Emirates

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NUST succumbed to a 3rd defeat in their 3rd match of the tournament on Tuesday against United Arab Emirates. United Arab Emirates lads won by 3 wickets.

Even though Team Nust played much better than they have done in the past two matches against university teams from Bangladesh and Pakistan with a run rate of 7.5, their target of 120 runs in 16 overs was reached by the rivals in 13 overs.

Batsman Syed Faizan, Man of the match from UAE, did the most damage by scoring 7 sixes and 4 fours.

However, Anele Ngwenya and Tawanda Charumbira did well to limit the rivals’ scores with superb bowling. Anele had the best economy rate in the game, a lean 2.25, coupled with 3 wickets in 4 overs.

Mthandazo Moyo’s fine catching and batting partnership with Mzingaye Mdlongwa also contributed to the less embarrassing defeat today.

The NUST boys will play the Sri Lanka and India in the next two matches before the tournament enters the penultimate stage.

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NUST Cricket Squad Voodoo continues at 2018 Campus Cricket World Finals

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ZIMBABWE representatives at the 2018 Redbull Campus Cricket World Finals from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) have put up a disappointing show in the two games they have played so far.

The Zimbabwe team has played against Pakistan and Bangladesh in T20 series World Finals in Srilanka.

On Sunday, the boys displayed one of the worst performances against Pakistan falling by 92 runs and 10 wickets.

On Monday, the team played Bangladesh who proved to be a thorn in flesh. NUST scored only 78 runs in 20 overs with the rival team sailing to as high as 218 runs, creating a gap of 140 runs between them.

This is not the first time NUST has represented Zimbabwe in this tournament and have continued to display unsportsmanlike performances in all chances they have been given.

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Almost half of the players in the team have participated in the tournament before,hence, there are expectations that they could have learnt and found some experience to give a spirited performance and avoid embarrassment time and time again.

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NUST (Zim) Kit for 2018 Redbull Campus Cricket World Finals Unveiled

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THE National University of Science and Technology men’s cricket team will face Campus  Cricket champions from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and hosts Sri Lanka  in the Red Bull World Campus Cricket tournament to be held  from 23 to 29 September 2018.

As usual, Team Zim will be sporting a red colored kit with gold accents.

NUST will play Pakistan in their opening match of  the #RebullCampusCricket World Finals in Sri Lanka.

India will face Bangladesh while Sri Lanka take on United Arab Emirates.

The competition is the only T20 cricket tournament available for students globally.

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Zimbabwe off to Redbull Campus Cricket World Final in Sri Lanka

by Staff Reporters

The countdown to the official kick-off of the T20 #RedBullCampusCricket World Final in Colombo, Sri Lanka is at just over 72 hours.

Bowling all-rounder, Mzingaye Mdlongwa, will lead a squad of 15 men from the National University of Science and Technology to represent Zimbabwe in the invitational tourney that will run from the 10th to the 16th of September 2017.

Mdlongwa said, “I am so excited to be leading this team on Zimbabwe’s first appearance at the Campus Cricket World Finals. I hope we will perform better than the national team.”

Team Coach, Pfungwadzashe Tsongora, a Roosters all-rounder in the Bulawayo Metropolitan Cricket Association First League said his charges would be going for gold.

However, NUST Sports Director Lysias Charumbira highlighted that the World Finals were likely to be a difficult competition for Zimbabwe due to lack of high-performance cricket academies in universities.

“Despite a lot of challenges in Zimbabwe cricket at the moment, Nust remain on course to improve,” said Charumbira – the outgoing director. “We feel that this is the right time to have our students compete with the world’s best college cricketers.”

Donald Tapfuma, technical director, said, “The boys have been training very hard.” Tapfuma that they have particularly prepared for the energiser over in which they expect to reap maximum points.

Each batting side gets one Energiser Over per innings, where runs count double, but any wickets lost will cost five penalty runs. This can be taken at any point after the Powerplay overs, and was used in 2016 to prompt either a mid-innings surge, or as part of teams’ death-overs acceleration.

The squad consists of: Mzingaye Mdlongwa (C), Tafadzwa Peggah, Carrington Bowora, Shaun Nkani, Shadreck Zulu, Tafadzwanashe Makwena, Bill Chimbana, Lincolyn Moyo, Duncan Findi, Ngonidzashe Musyiwa, Sasha Ngwenya, Washington Ngwenya, Fredrick Johnson, Bryan Zhawi, Tawanda Charumbira. Technical team: Pfungwadzashe Tsongora (Coach), Lysias Charumbira (Sports Director), Donald Tapfuma (Technical Director).

The rising stars – players to watch 

Featuring the best college talent from around the world, the Campus Cricket tournaments have been teeming with talent since inception in 2012. Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka and the UAE’s Chirag Suri – who earned an (Indian Premier League’s )IPL contract this year – are the most recent stars who have played in previous tournaments.

Niroshan Dickwella{Batsman – BMS, Sri Lanka}: is reported to possess an “innovative batting style, replete with reverse-sweeps, over-the-shoulder scoops, and constant flitting around on the crease,” all of which were on display during last year’s World Final, during his team’s march to the title.  According to Daily Sports  Dickwella’s “opening salvo – which featured five fours and a six” – quickly set Sri Lanka on track to a 24 run victory over Bangladesh.

Mzingaye Mdlongwa {Bowler – Nust, Zimbabwe}: a player synonymous with deadly and crafty spins – can ground the most revered team to a paltry sum of runs by taking lots of wickets. On the other hand Mdlongwa is a hard hitting batsman who never disappoints on the innings score. He does not hesitate to strike a loose ball to the boundaries.

Janneman Malan {Batsman – NWU, South Africa}: is the team’s key batsman who makes it his business to steer NWU to many of the sweet victories that it enjoys lately. South Africa will be counting on Malan to tear apart any opponents’ bowling by smashing a string of fours and sixes as he usually does. Malan is a product of Cricket South Africa’s high performance programme.

You can watch the semi-final and final live on the 15th and 16th of September on the link below.

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ATHLETES WARNED AGAINST DRUG USE AT 2017 ZUSA GAMES IN BULAWAYO

17352013_1260776263990989_9058926058624757565_nMATABELELAND Hockey Board president Kalpesh Parshotam warned athletes participating at the cluster one games of the 2017 Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (ZUSA) against drug use to enhance performance.

Parshotam who was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the games hosted by the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) in Bulawayo on Friday 17 March 2017 urged student athletes to promote and practice fair play which is the mainstay of sportsmanship.

“Participation is not only about winning, but also for passion, love, mental and physical health,” said Parshotam.-Chronicle

3 DAYS, 5 DISCIPLINES, 9 UNIVERSITIES, 

The 2017 sports extravaganza which kicked off  on Friday 17 March will run through to  Sunday 19 March 2017, with Nust, Africa University (AU), Catholic University in Zimbabwe, Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), Lupane State University (LSU), Midlands State University (MSU), Reformed Church University (RCU), Women’s University in Africa and Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University vying for gold in  athletics, cricket, handball, hockey and volleyball.

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“WORK HARD & MAKE ZUSA GAMES AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE”- Prof Samson Sibanda, Acting Vice Chancelor- Nust.

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BUILDING A NATIONAL TEAM FOR INTERNATIONAL GAMES 

ZUSA president, Life Chemhere said their dream is to have at least 10% of athletes participating in elite competitions and in national teams.

The competition is used to select teams for upcoming national and international  assignments.

12 universities are taking part in the games that are being used to come up with a team for the ZTISU games and the International Federation of University Sports set for Taipei, China from the 17th to the 30th of August.

The second cluster will comprise football, netball, basketball, rugby and swimming and will take place from March the 31st to April the 2nd at the University of Zimbabwe.

The final cluster featuring chess, karate, darts, table tennis and pool will be conducted at the Great Zimbabwe University from the 7th to the 9th of April.

Calls have been made for the enactment of a policy that allows students with lower academic points but who excel in sports to enroll at universities to pursue their sporting exploits.- Zbc

Artcile Curated from Chronicle, Nust, MSU, GZU Facebook pages, ZBC News online
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Byo to host Cucsa Games

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 | 230 views

Sports Correspondent @rasmthembo
BULAWAYO is set to host the 2016 Confederation of Universities and College Sports Association (CUCSA) Africa Region Five Games in August with the precursor to the event, the Zimbabwe Tertiary Institution Sports Union (Ztisu) kicking off at White City yesterday. The Ztisu games got underway with the mainstream athletics at White City and are set to run until Wednesday.

Ztisu president Martin Zibwi said they were using the games to select players that will represent the country at the Region Five Games that will have 10 participating countries.

Zibwi said he convinced his executive to take advantage of the facilities that were built for the Under-20 Region Five Games that were hosted by Bulawayo in 2014 such as the tartan track at White City, the state of the art basketball courts and the revamped Bulawayo Athletic Club tennis courts to host the Cucsa games. Zimbabwe would be hosting the biennial Games for the first time in 25 years as they were last held in Harare in 1991. The 18th edition of the Cucsa Games will run from 1 to 6 August.

There was a change in the hosting procedure from a bidding process to being held rotationally in all the 10 countries to ensure all nations host the Games. The 10 countries in Cucsa Region Five are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

There are nine sporting codes that would be contested for which include football, basketball, tennis, table tennis, chess, athletics, netball, karate and volleyball.

Ztisu is made up of three affiliates Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (Zusa), Zimbabwe Teachers’ Colleges Sports Association (Zitcosa) and Technical Educationists Sports Association in Zimbabwe (Tesaz) who each sent two teams to compete in each sporting discipline.

Zibwi said athletes from team sports will be selected on individual merit to ensure Zimbabwe has a strong team going to the Cucsas.

“We realised there are situations where one individual is brilliant but if his team falters he should be drafted into the winning team. For example in football we can have a good defender, striker or anchorman in a losing team he should be drafted into the team that will represent us at the Cucsas,” said Zibwi, adding the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) are this year’s hosts of the Ztisu games.

Athletics and netball will be held at White City Stadium with football being played at Barbourfields Stadium Outside Grounds, Khanyisile Sports Centre (formerly BCD) will be host basketball, while Hartsfield and Raylton will be used for rugby and darts respectively.

Golfers will use the Harry Allen greens while cricket, tennis, pool and table tennis will be played at BAC and the Heath Streak Academy and Busters respectively. Local schools Northlea and Milton will be used for handball, volleyball while Lupane State University will play host to chess with Khumalo Hockey Stadium home to the hockey competition. Bulawayo Bowling Club will host the karate championships.

Zimbabwe managed a credible third position at the 17th edition of Cucsa games held in Zambia in 2012 collecting 40 medals, seven gold, 16 silver and 17 bronze medals. The athletics team contributed the largest number of the medal haul with 18.

South Africa came first followed by Zambia with Zimbabwe retaining its third position which they occupied in the previous Games which were staged in Namibia.

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ZIMBABWE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS SPORTS UNION (ZTISU) 2016 PHOTO GALLERY

Photo gallery of the 2016 ZTISU games  hosted by NUST in Bulawayo.  Have a look!!!

 

Pictures courtesy of Bulawayo Polytechnic.