Tendai Nyambara | Nust-Zw
The University of Science and Technology participated in the Zimbabwe University Sports and Association games, which took place between the 14-17 March this year which saw it getting third position with only 11 gold, 16 silver and 11 bronze whilst University of Zimbabwe (UZ) scooped 26 gold, 16 silver and 19 bronze followed by the Midlands State University with 23 gold, 16 silver and 18 bronze respectively.
Based on the gap between Nust and UZ in terms of gold medals especially, one then questions the capabilities of the participants in these disciplines. Could it be the issue that the other universities have well trained students who are ready to play the game which Nust does not have?
Speaking to Kelvin Mutseta, the soccer Vice Captain, he expressed his concerns on how players sometimes fail to come to all trainings due to school pressure.
‘Some of the guys during the training sessions do not attend the training sessions because they will be having classes’, he pointed out.
However another problem apparent is commitment from the administration at Nust which is failing to support its students in terms of transportation and other necessities that need to be availed for students to prepare well for these games.
According to the Vice Secretary general of the Sports Council Rangarirai Shadaya, ‘Nust has a good sports base in terms of players if only they had adequate support from the admin’,
He added that sometimes buses come late to pick them up as most of their training facilities are off campus therefore which means they need transport which takes them to their different destinations, but because they come late they end up infringing on the scheduled time for training and therefore the time to practice is cut short.
This makes one wonder what the Student Representative Council is doing to solve these problems as Shadaya alluded they had tried to communicate with the council but it seems to have been fruitless.
Unfortunately the Minster of Sports could not be available to comment on these allegations as he mentioned how busy he was organizing the inter faculty games.