Cool Sport Writer
St Ignatius High School emerged the biggest winners at the just ended St Paul’s Musami ball games competition held last weekend at St Paul’s Musami school in Murewa.
St Ignatius boys soccer and volleyball teams scooped top prizes while the host, St Paul’s netball team overcame Rusununguko in the finals to scoop the gong.
Speaking on the side-lines of the awards ceremony, St Ignatius soccer captain Sean Mudimbe (18) hailed his teammates for a spirited performance despite the team’s failure to make it into the Copa Coca Cola provincial finals.
“It has been a good day in the office and we managed to fight as a team throughout. Normally players have a tendency of trying to showcase individual brilliance instead of team spirit, but we did the unusual.
“Indeed it was a great tournament which I hope will grow bigger in the near future and many thanks should be given to the organisers of the event who gave us an opportunity to showcase what we know best,” said Mudimbe.
Running under the theme “Promoting sports from the grass roots”, the event was meant to promote sports activities in rural areas.
St Paul’s Musami tournament is in its second year running and has since attracted big schools in the sporting world. Event organiser and St Paul’s Musami school sports director, Ian Muderede, however, bemoaned lack of funding saying corporates were not forthcoming to sponsor rural schools.
“This year’s edition of the St Paul’s competition did not live to expectations maybe because of poor funding. We were expecting a much bigger event. Our funding element needs to be looked at if we are ever going to spread wings for the tournament to be recognised nation-wide. Many thanks goes to Dr Gerald Soka and Bruce Taruvinga who were the major sponsors of the event,” said Muderede.
There was fun and pomp at St Paul’s as participating teams were surprised with music and gochi-gochi soon after the event.
Schools that participated included Mahusekwa, Rusununguko, St Ignitious, Watermark College and the hosts St Paul’s. Two Fifa accredited referees also added class at the event.
Meanwhile, more than 14 schools have confirmed their participation at the second edition of the Watermark ball games competition slated for July 26 at Watermark College in Rusape.