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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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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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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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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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NUST STUDENT SHINES AT THE ZIZAMA GAMES

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NUST’S #TsitsidzasheGoto scoops the gold medal in the Women’s singles table tennis at the Zimbabwe-Zambia-Malawi regional games held last week.