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    Masvingo tennis players excel at COSSASA games in Namibia

    From left to right: Edina Nhango, Mrs Caroline Mapoko and Tanatsiwa Tanyongana (Pic by:Tony Phiri)


    MASVINGO- Masvingo's two upcoming girls tennis stars held their own ground at the just ended (COSSASA) games in Namibia as they brought home gold medals.
    The two, Tanatsiwa Tanyongana (13) who is doing grade 7 at Chikato Primary School and Edina Mhango (11) doing grade 6 at Helen Mcghie were in top form as they floored all their opponents from the first round to the finals where two countries competed.
     Tanatsiwa made light work of one Namibian player whom she beat 6-3 in the finals of the age group girls category.
    On the other hand Edina accounted for the Namibian player whom she walloped with a similar score-line in the finals of the double set girls category to collect gold for the country.
    The medal haul by the duo enabled the country to come out tops as most of the 150 athletes from all the provinces collected gold medals in their respective sporting disciplines which  helped Zimbabwe to first position with 11 gold medals.
    The athletes were sponsored by the National Association of Primary Heads (NAPH).
    Early last year Tanatsiwa clinched a gold medal when she played in the U12 category at the Masvingo Junior Open held at Kyle College.
    "I started playing tennis when I was in grade 3, I started participating in national competitions when I was in grade 4. I have 15 medals, nine gold, five silver, one bronze, six trophies and three shields in my short career," said Tanatsiwa.
    Edina also won the under 10 girls singles at the same tournament with Tanatsiwa where her team scooped 11 medals.
    "I started participating at national level this year and I have amassed seven gold medals, five silver, three bronze, one trophy and two shields," Edina said.
    Caroline Mapako who is a special needs education teacher at Don Bosco Primary School accompanied the two girls to Namibia as their coach.
    Mapako has vast experience on the court as she has been coaching various teams since 2001 and has won national tournaments with her teams.
     "I am very proud of two girls' achievements and the support their parents and schools are giving them, the sky is the limit for them. I also want to urge Zimbabweans to support children especially when parents realise that the child has talent. Despite lack of proper training kits the two girls did exceptionally well," Mapako said.

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