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    GZU wins Chancellor of Zimbabwe Staff Games

    • MSU walks away with soccer trophy


    - Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) has been crowned the overall winner of the Chancellor of Zimbabwe State Universities Staff Games after narrowly beating Midlands State University (MSU) to the honour.
    Both Universities had 9 gold medals each but GZU which was competing at home had more silver medals. The games were held at Great Zimbabwe University, Mashava Campus from July 12 to 17, 2016.
    A total of nine Universities, all State institutions participated in the games which included  soccer, volleyball, netball, basketball, and tennis and pool games among other.
    The tournament was sponsored by Cellmad Health, First Mutual Life, CIMAS, Get sure, Chingaira Group of Companies, CBZ and the organizing committee for the tournament.
    Staff members from all nine universities were allowed to participate in the tournament which was running for the fifth time after the initiation of the tournament in 2011.
    On number three was the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) with 7 gold medals, on number 4 was the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) with 5 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 4 bronze medals whilst 5 silver medals and 3 bronze medals with
    MSU which came second had 9 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 5 bronze medals, while GZU topped with 9 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 7 bronze medals.
    MSU dominated the male category as they scooped gold in the soccer category after thrashing UZ 1-0 in the final game, the final fixture was highly competitive, however MSU remained vigilant and in the dying minutes of play an MSU player Carlington Zamba was brought down in the box by the UZ keeper James Shoriwa and MSU was awarded a penalty which was converted by Learnmore Shonhiwa to give the team its debut win.
    The female soccer category was filled with bedlam as UZ and GZU teams which had been disqualified after failing to appear for their games on time were given a chance to redeem themselves the following morning.
    GZU and UZ had failed to arrive on time and there was a walk over on them before that decision was reversed, allowing them to play the games the next morning.
    MSU female soccer team thrashed Harare Institute of Technology 6-0 and Zimbabwe Open University 3-0 to win the cup. UZ succumbed to National University of Science and Technology (NUST) who beat them 2-1 in the semi finals whilst GZU put up a fight against MSU only to fall in the penalty shootouts as they lost 4-3.
    In the final game, NUST and MSU displayed quality play on the field but both teams failed to find the back of the net in regular play time and MSU also lost their keeper due to an ankle injury and replaced her with Ratidzo 'madzimai' Gonese who had scored 3 goals.
    MSU lost 4-3on penalties and NUST walked away with the soccer trophy, the loss by MSU also ensured that GZU secures the overall trophy.
    GZU scoped gold in traditional dance, Tug of war, netball, male chess, basketball whilst MSU won the male soccer category, male tennis, table tennis (both sexes), pool, darts and University of Zimbabwe won in volleyball, darts (females) chess (females) and in athletics.
    "I am happy with the performance that the teams have displayed and I hope they will remain healthy and willing to participate in future events," said Willie Davison Ganda who is the Director of Research Development and Innovation in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development who was the guest of honor at the closing ceremony of the tournament.
    Next year competitions will be held at Bindura University of Science Education.
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