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    Mirror scoops SADC sports reporter award

    Windhoek Namibia – The Mirror has conquered new frontiers!
     Its reporter, Tinashe Tirivavi has scooped the African Union Region 5 Sports Journalist of the Year Award at a colourful function held at the Safari Court Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia on Africa Day
    This is the first international award that Zimbabwe’s regional paper has snapped.
    Zimbabwe and South Africa dominated the awards ceremony with the former walking away with three accolades while South Africa got four. The awards were first held in 2015.
    The Regional Awards are organized by the African Union 5 Sports Council while at a local level the selection of sports persons for the regional competition is done by the Regional Annual Sports Awards Committee
    Zimbabwe scooped the Coach of The Year Award which went to Zimbabwe 7s Rugby coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba, Wilfred Mashaya was named the Regional Sports Person of The Year and the lanky Mirror reporter made it into the Zimbabwe fine team.
    The Zimbabwe team to Namibia which left on May 24, and was staying at Safari Court Hotel was led by the Director of Sports in the Ministry of Youth Sports Arts and Recreation Eugenia Chidhakwa.
    Nyamutsamba played for the national team before becoming a coach. He has an impeccable record having won the annual national awards coach of the year award three times in 2012, 2017 and 2018. He won the Africa cup twice in 2012 and 2018, qualified for the rugby 7s world cup in 2013 and 2018 and he has managed to win several other regional and international trophies.
    “In 2018 we qualified and took part at the San Francisco World Cup. In the same year we won the Africa Cup in Tunisia and we also participated in the HSBC World Series tournament in Dubai, it was a hectic year for us,” said Nyamutsamba.
    Mashaya boasts of an impressive 2018 martial arts record being the first African to be inducted into the hall of fame of several European countries with the latest being Portugal.
    Mashaya is the first internationally certified black belt Zimbabwean ninja and first African kobudo world champion. He holds four black belts in kyokushin karate, bujinkan ninjutsu, kobudo (martial arts weapons) and self defence.
    Zimbabwe was the talk and toast of the night as guests congratulated the team for scooping 3 of the 9 awards behind South Africa who scooped 4 awards including the sports person of the year award.
    Chidhakwa said Zimbabwe strong performance at the regional sports awards shows that the local awards were done in a credible manner
    “Our performance at the regional sports awards getting nominated in 7 out of 9 categories and winning 3 vindicates our local awards, it shows the awards have been done in a credible and fair manner,” said Chidhakwa.
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