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    4 Mudavanhu pupils to play chess in Namibia

    • School appeals for money to take pupils for competitions
    Standing from left: Mazvita Ruramai Tapambwa, 
     Grace Zvarehwa, Lynne Chidanire, 
    (Kneeling) Natasha Choko.

    NATASHA RAMBANAPASI

    CHIVHU -
    Four pupils from Mudavanhu Primary School in Chikomba District have won the national chess competitions and will now go to Namibia where they will represent the country at the African Chess Championship on a date yet to be announced.
    Mudavanhu chess coach, Godknows Dembure however, said that there is still one hurdle as some of the pupils’ costs for transport, passports and food are not yer provided for. He appealed to well-wisher to chip in and support.
    Mudavanhu represented Mash East at the National Junior Chess Championship held at Amandas Junior School in Mash Central last month and those games were used to select players into the junior national team.
    Natasha Choko (12) won all the games and became the national champion with a gold medal, Ruramai Tapambwa (10) won a silver medal, Grace Zvarehwa (8) won a silver medal and Lynne Chidanire (7) won bronze medal.
    The competitions attracted 10 provinces and just a few of them managed to get medals. Mash East led the pack with 4 gold medals, Mash Central had 2 and Harare won 2 medals. On silver medals, Mash east had 3, Harare 5 and on Bronze medals, Mash West had 3, Harare 3 and Mash Central 2.
    Dembure said that he needed to acquire passports and get money for transport for the other three pupils. The gold medalist is the only one whose transport, food and accommodation is paid for. Those with silver and bronze were only given slots to represent the country but due to finincial constraints they are supposed to pay their own bills for the trip.
    “I am appealing to well-wishers, Chivhu residents, companies, businessmen to assist  these talented pupils with money for transport, food and accommodation in Namibia. The school is situated in rural areas and is in a financial crisis and it will not be able to provide for them,”said Dembure.
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