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Let's take sports seriously

02 Dec 2018 at 20:05hrs | Views
Women cricket and under seventeen girls soccer tournaments have reached dizzy heights worldwide. Recently an under 17 World Cup soccer bonanza was underway in Uruguay where South Korea, Cameroon, Ghana, Germany and others were tussling it out for the coveted World Cup.

Elsewhere women cricket has breached the 'man only' tag and quality cricket is being played out there. What is Zimbabwe doing about it? Its time girls soccer is introduced in our school to groom and identify talent for such showcases. Sport development programmes must be put in place so we can move with the times.

Our talent scouts seem abscessed with talent hunting in towns and cities, places like Mbire, Umguza, Binga and far flung Mudzi  have amazing raw talent that needs tapping. Rural boys can chase a hare bare-footed and catch it, they have the potential to do well in sports.

I hope the (new broom) Hon. Minister of Sport Ms Coventry will give the matter the attention it deserves. Why should we be followers and not leaders in sport and everywhere. Our national teams are oftentimes at the receiving end, call it defeat, for lack of preparedness.

The Warriors always troop into camp when when the day of play is upon us, surely how do you expect them to beat 'little Liberia'? We need to be serious as a nation before our sportspersons become serious. A sports loving nation is a healthy nation.
Thomas Murisa. Chinehasha

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