Harare Wins Zimbabwe U-17 Inter-Provincial Tourney

HARARE are this year’s winners of the Under-17 boys and girls inter-provincial tournament held in Mutare over the weekend. The tournament saw all the provinces fighting for honours in the boys and girls section and Harare scooped the title in both categories at Mutare Boys High and Mutare Girls High.
In the boys section Harare beat Mashonaland East 34-15 to clinch the title.
Harare, who were the winners of Pool B, had beaten Pool B’s runners-up Manicaland 36-13 in the semi-finals to book their place in the finals.
Mashonaland East beat Masvingo 23-22 in a tightly-contested match.
In the girls’ competition, Harare defeated Mashonaland East 52-23 to be crowned champions.
They had dismissed Manicaland 37-17 in the semi-finals.
Basketball Union of Zimbabwe competition director, Simon Lawson, said they saw some improvement from developing provinces such as Matabeleland North.
“Quality-wise there are some provinces doing well and you find that Matabeleland North have gone up, they only missed the semi-finals with just two points which a big development from them because they are a developing province.
“We had a full house, the provinces are really committed. Teams representing the provinces were not from one school, they selected teams from district level and its a fair criteria, you get players from different schools,” said Lawson.
Patrick Nhamburo and Mary Chawaipira were the Most Valuable Players in the boys and girls section respectively
The inter-provincials were used as a platform to select a national team that will compete in the COSASA games scheduled for Namibia from August 28 to September 3.
The teams are expected into camp on August 23 in Bulawayo with Lawson taking care of the boys’ team while Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu will be in charge of the girls’ team.
Patrick Nhamburo (Prince Edward), Fungai Tarehwa (Hillcrest), Tapiwa Saruchera (Mazowe), Lance Brian Mangwiro (Nyamauru), Tinotenda Chirara (Churchill), Tavonga Masawi (Serima), Denzel Kurima (Goromonzi), Naboth Moyo (St John’s Emerald High), Tatenda Madembo (Serima), Tendai Mangenje (Mutare Boys), Tanaka Muyambo (Watershed), Abundance Vhori (Serima), Keith Chibi (Mazowe), Larry Takupa (Prince Edward), Takunda Mukuhlani (Kutama College), Blessing Mlambo (St Ignatius), Tafadzwa Musarurwa (Marist Nyanga), Victor Bingura (Mufakose 2).
Girls: Christel Nyauchi (Mashonaland East), Tinotenda Nyanhete (Mashonaland East), Mary Chawaipira (Harare), Trish Chijiri (Harare), Cynthia Mambo (Harare), Tracy Makovere (Harare), Petra Mukondo (Mashonaland West), Bridget Gumbo (Bulawayo), Florengo Masekesu (Midlands), Shuvai Mhorisa (Mashonaland Central), Victoria Mpandare (Matabeleland South), Vuyelwa Kalenga (Matabeleland North), Prudence Muzenda (Midlands), Rudo Vito (Manicaland), Faith Mushowe (Manicaland).
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/   

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