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Cheetahs finish fourth in Africa Men’s Sevens, miss out on Paris … – New

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ZIMBABWE missed out on qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games after finishing a disappointing fourth out of 12 participating nations in the Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

Affectionately known as the Cheetahs, the Zimbabwe side needed to win the continental competition to win the sole automatic ticket to the Olympics but were knocked out of contention following a 35-loss against the eventual tournament winners Kenya in the semi-finals.

The Cheetahs had an opportunity to have another shot at qualification for the Olympics via the continental playoffs but missed out to Uganda, who won the third place playoff-match 24-12.

The loss against Uganda was painful for the hosts after they had outclassed the same opponents a day earlier in the pool stages of the competition.

The biggest winners however were the Kenyans as they qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games after beating South Africa 17-12 in the final of the competition.

Kenya trailed 12-7 at the break after conceding tries from Selvyn Davids and Christie Grobbelaar. Speedster Patrick Odongo had given Kenya the lead with a converted try. He leveled the game at 12-12 before John Okoth scored the winning try.

Kenya players celebrate after their qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games at Harare Sports Club on Sunday

South Africa have dropped to the Olympic Repechage where they will vie for the 12th and final slot for Paris 2024 Olympics.

Dethroned African champions, Uganda, who are under Kenyan coach Tolbert Onyango, are also in the Repechage following their win against hosts Zimbabwe.

South Africa and Uganda will join the second and third-placed teams from Asia, Europe, Oceania, North America and South America in the final qualification tournament set for June 2024 for the 12th and final slot to the Olympics.

Kenya, who competed at the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, and Uganda will also vie for a place in 2024/25 World Rugby Sevens Series at Challenger Series in 2024.

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DeMbare in derby delight – NewsDay

Dynamos players celebrating a goal that sealed the victory against Caps United at NSS yesterday

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DYNAMOS completed a rare Castle Lager Premier Soccer League double over Caps United as Nyasha Chintuli’s first half header secured maximum points and bragging rights in front of a good crowd at the National Sports Stadium which welcomed back topflight for the first time since June.

The 22nd minute strike ensured DeMbare maintained their quest for the league title. The win took them to fifth place on the log table with 39 points, nine behind log leaders Ngezi Platinum Stars with 10 matches remaining.

That gap is set to be slashed to six points if the Genesis Mangombe-coached side are awarded points from their abandoned match against Highlanders.

A ninth game without a win for Caps United means the Lloyd Chitembwe-coached side are now dangerously two points off the relegation zone with 27 points.

Mangombe was thrilled with the win over their prime enemy.

“We are happy to win this match because Caps United is a good team. We scored and managed to protect the lead. I’m happy with that,” a delighted Mangombe said.

“We wanted it more, especially in the first half and had we been clinical, we could have scored three goals. What is more pleasing was that after scoring, we kept on pushing to try and create more chances. That limited their entries into our box in the first half. In the second half, they wanted it more than us, but we made sure that we don’t concede. Winning a derby like this shows that we are doing something correct, and we are in the right direction.”

Chitembwe was full of praise for his boys despite, the deflating defeat.

“It was a game of two halves,” Chitembwe said.

“They dominated us in the first half and we went on to dominate the second. In the first half we were giving them so many spaces and were able to play in between our lines. We made tactical changes in the second half and we were able to take control of the game. We created some good opportunities, unfortunately we couldn’t score.

“In terms of performance, we were OK. It wasn’t that bad, but of course at the end of the day football is all about results. This performance gives us the confidence to go out there and play the next game believing we can win it.”

The Green machine, naturally low on confidence due to their recent form, were shaky in the opening stages, sitting deep and allowing Dynamos space to move the ball around in midfield.

But it was Chitembwe’s men who created the first clear cut chance of the match on 20th minute when William Manondo forced an acrobatic save from goalkeeper Prince Tafiremutsa.

A minute later, Dynamos took the lead.

A quick and sharp interchange of passes started by Tanaka “Kante” Shandirwa involving the lively Donald Mudadi, released Emmanuel Ziocha on the right who rounded off the Caps goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga, but his shot from a tight angle hit the upright.

The ball fortuitously bounced back to the former Harare City man who cleverly lobbied it over the defenders on to the head of Chintuli who planted it home through the hands of Mateyaunga.


Dynamos: P Tafiremutsa, E Jalai, K Moyo, E Moyo, F Makarati, T Shandirwa (M Magwaza, 87′), D Mudadi (A Musiiwa, 65′), J Makunike, E  Ziocha (D Mukamba, 87′) Madera (J Bakari, 65′), N Chintuli (T Makanda, 87′)

Caps United: T Mateyaunga, G Murwira, I Zambezi, K Madzongwe, L Mangaira, J Ngodzo (R Chinyengetere, 47′), I Nyoni (P Bhamusi, 70′), J Thulani, B Sarupinda, W Manondo, C Rupiya


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VP Chiwenga rallies church to fight drug abuse – The Herald

Mukudzei Chingwere Herald Reporter

Zimbabwe is facing a menacing drug and substance abuse scourge which, if unchecked, has the potential to affect an entire generation, and the church has an obligation to partner Government to fight off this menace, Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga said yesterday.

He said this when he joined fellow Roman Catholic Church parishioners in commemorating the St Matthew Celebration Day in Glen View, Harare, yesterday.

His call comes as Government has rolled out several strategies to fight drugs and substance abuse, which has affected many young people, and even some elderly people.

With the church being a beacon of moral rectitude, Vice President Chiwenga has called on the church to participate in the fight against drug abuse.

“The nation is faced with the scourge of drug and substance abuse especially by our youth,” said Vice President Chiwenga.

“These illicit substances have destroyed the mental, physical and psychological wellbeing of a number of our young people throughout the country. Zimbabwe cannot prosper without the youth.

“I urge the church to join hands with the Government to fight drug abuse and protect our communities as well as the nation at large from the effects of drug and substance abuse.”

Vice President Chiwenga said if people do not join hands in the fight against drug abuse, more people, mainly youths, would be affected.

“As Government, we appreciate the role of the youth in the socio-economic development of the country. Therefore, let us all play our roles in nurturing them to be upstanding and responsible citizens.

“The future of this country belongs to the youth,” he said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Chiwenga congratulated parishioners at St Matthew Catholic Church in Glen View for taking up a church construction project.

He said the move was in line with the Government’s thrust of encouraging infrastructure development.

Vice President Chiwenga also called on the church to consider several other projects like construction of educational facilities, youth centres, vocational training centres, ICT centres, sports centres and libraries.

He said he had been informed that just like other institutions in Zimbabwe, St Matthew Catholic Church was facing financial challenges, but urged them to be resourceful and sustain the development of their church.

“I am informed that since 2014, the parishioners of St Matthew have been undertaking various fundraising activities towards the construction of the church.

“I am happy with the progress that has been achieved to date. As the Government’s mantra says, ‘Nyika inovakwa, nekunamatirwa nevene vayo (Ilizwe lakhiwa, likhulekelwe ngabanikazi balo’.

“What we have witnessed here today is testimony that you are not only praying for the nation, asi muri kuyivakawo zvekare (but you are also building it).

“Allow me at this point, to applaud the church’s visionary leadership, and the financial support you gave as congregants, to ensure the success of the church project. I say well done!” said Vice President Chiwenga.

He encouraged the Roman Catholic Church in general, and the Glen View parish in particular, to extend their efforts to the surrounding community by spearheading projects that benefit the nation.

Vice President Chiwenga donated US$10 000 towards the completion of the church, which is nearing completion.

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7-Time Olympic Medalist Kirsty Coventry Re-Appointed Sports … – SwimSwam

7-time Olympic gold medalist Kirsty Coventry, 39, was re-appointed as the Sports Minister of Zimbabwe earlier this month. She has held the role since September 2018 and faced a significant challenge after accusations of being ineffective in the role, punctuated by conflict with the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA).

The ZIFA was suspended by global governing body FIFA in 2022 because of accusations that staff sexually harassed female referees and that the organization had ‘financial irregularities.’

Coventry told Zimbabwe’s parliament that ZIFA misappropriated part of $2 million in federal funding and that some officials were suspended for sexual harassment, but members of the ZIFA board accused her of lying.

FIFA eventually established a Normalization Committee to run ZIFA until June 2024.

Coventry was re-appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the Minister for Sports, Art and Recreation after Mnangagwa won a contentious and chaotic election dominated by debate over the economy and inflation and shrouded by accusations of election fraud. Mnangawa was elected to the first of two allowabale five year terms in 2017. He is the country’s third president since gaining independence from the UK in 1980.

Zimbabwe sent only five athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, earning no medals for the third straight Games. That was a dramatic decrease from the 31 athletes sent to the Rio 2016 Games and the country’s smallest delegation to a Summer Games since Amsterdam in 1928 (2).

Coventry, who won the 200 back at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, is responsible for all-but-one of the country’s Olympic medals all-time; the other was a gold medal in field hockey at the 1980 Olympics.

In spite of Coventry’s success and her role as sporting minister, the sport of swimming hasn’t seen much development in the country since her retirement. Zimbabwe’s two 2021 Olympians in swimming were Peter Wetzlar, who placed 42nd in the 100 free (50.31), and Donata Katai, who placed 34th in the 100 backstroke (1:02.73).

Wetzlar was raised in South Africa and trained in the United States at the University of Kentucky. Katai, the country’s flag bearer at those games, was born in Zimbabwe and raised there before matriculating to Princeton University in the United States. Katai was the first Black swimmer to represent Zimbabwe at the Olympics in a country where more than 99% of the population is of African origin.

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