Boxing: Team Zimbabwe manager Petros Masiyambumbi has indicated that Zimbabwe is sure to bag gold medals at the finals at white city today. “We have all the confidence and hope that all the boxers that are representing Zimbabwe will scoop gold in their respective bouts. We have been working with the boxers today(Day 5) making them realise their opponent’s weakness and making them realise their advantages. The coach has again been implementing certain strategies which are meant to increase perfection and precision.” Zimbabwe will be represented by Themba Nkomazao, Itai Ndaba,Herbert Marembo and Nelson Mutsvairo today.
Track and Field: Athletics raised its curtains today at white city stadium with a total of twelve track and field events being held. However the Javelin and Long jump final was rescheduled for day 6 with the hope of better weather conditions. In the women’s 3000m, Caroline Mhandu and Bertha Chikanga clocked first and second to bag gold and silver medals respectively. SSN Player of the Year Nominee, Enlitha Ncube failed to finish the race as she suffered a calf injury during the competition.
Basketball: The Zimbabwe U20 boys continued their good showing, handing Swaziland a heavy 116-31 defeat in a game which they clearly dominated at Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, whilst the Zimbabwe girls’ team lost 50-46 when they faced Angola in a matchup that was fairly balanced.
Netball: Zimbabwe’s young gems suffered a major blow in their campaign for gold. Team Zimbabwe lost 40-32 to neighbours South Africa.
Football: The Young Warriors came from behind to post a one all draw against Angola today in a match played at Luveve Stadium. Zimbabwe is now second in Group A with five points behind Malawi who earned three points from their 2-1 win over Mozambique. Zimbabwe’s equaliser came from Thomas Kadyaridzire in the 79th minute.
Tennis: Valeria Bhunu booked her place in the women’s tennis final of the AUSC Region 5 Games after dismissing South African Caitlin Herb 6-1, 6-1. Full report here.
Day 6 will see athletics going into its second day in both field and track events. In basketball, Zimbabwe and Mozambique will battle it out on the court in both the boys and girls categories. Netball will enter into the bronze and silver matches whilst tennis also holds the doubles finals and singles semi-finals which were cut short on day 5 due to rain.