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    Midlands State University dominates ZUSA ball games






    NYASHA MUSAMBASI

    GWERU
    - The Midlands State University (MSU) has proved to be a power house in the higher learning institutions sporting activities when it collected the highest number of gold and silver medals at the just ended Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (ZUSA) games held in Gweru and Bulawayo respectively.
    Closely following behind was the University of Zimbabwe (UZ).
    The games burst into life on Thursday and ended on Sunday.
    MSU dominated the ball games that were held in its home town in Gweru and grabbed 5 gold medals against UZ's two gold medals and Lupane and Chinhoyi's one gold medal each.
    MSU won gold medals in handball, volleyball, women soccer, netball, karate, golf and basketball.
    It also got two silver medals for soccer (men) and volleyball girls.
    UZ won two gold medals in volleyball (girls) and basketball (girl). It also won four silver medals in handball (men), netball, soccer (women) and basketball (men).
    Chinhoyi were the cup kings in soccer men as it earned gold. This was after a bruising fight against MSU which it eventually beat 3; 2 on penalties.
    Lupane also walked with just one medal, a precious gold won in the handball (women).
    The Great Zimbabwe University did not have gold but bagged two silver medals for volleyball (men) and handball (women).
    The National University of Science and Technology walked away with one silver medal which was won in basketball (women).
    UZ dominated the athletics events which were held at the White City Stadium in Bulawayo on Thursday. Zimbabwe's oldest University clinched 11 gold medals, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals. On second position was MSU with 6 gold medals, 8 silver and 7 bronze medals.
    All teams that earned gold and silver medals are advancing to the Zimbabwe Tertiary Institutions Sports Union (ZITISU) Competitions that will be held at NUST in Bulawayo in June 2016.
    The games were graced by the ZUSA president Life Chemhere, vice president Godfrey Nyamushamba and Zimbabwe Tertiary Institutions Sports Union (ZITISU) vice president James Chivivi from the Midlands State University.
    Chemhere said that he was happy to see these games to continue surviving despite the economic hardships in the country.
    "I am happy to see us continue moving on with the competitions every year despite the economic hardships in the country. I am happy also to take this opportunity to welcome Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) to the ZUSA competitions," said Chemehere.
    Chivivi encouraged students not to give up to even if they fail to get a medal this year since there is always another chance.
    Some of the players from the Midlands State University in the volleyball team won individual prizes sponsored by ESEEM Company which designs volleyball kits.
    The players are Kudakwashe Mutasa level 4.1 who won the best saver prize of a volleyball kit and Kaiton Boggie level 3.2 who won the best passer prize of a volleyball kit as well.
    Oscar Katuka the athletics captain at MSU was disappointed as he failed to defend his title in the high jump where he this time around won a silver medal.
    "I am not happy with my silver medal; I wanted to defend the title as I won the gold medal last year. I think the injury from last year also contributed to my failure," said Katuka.sport news

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