Zim strike gold at Cossasa

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Under-17 basketball teams provided a glimpse of the future after garnering gold at the just ended Cossasa Games co-hosted by Namibia and Botswana.

Zimbabwe’s boys’ and girls’ teams had arrived at the two-day competition as favourites having achieved the same feat last year.

And they did not disappoint going on to account for Botswana 45-22 in the boys’ final.

The girls showed as much promise dispatching Botswana 43-11.

Earlier, Zimbabwe Under-17 boys had had made light work of Namibia 46-33 whilst the girls beat the same opponents 56-36.

The tournament was reduced to three teams after Zambia was disqualified for failing to provide adequate identification.

Zimbabwe’s two teams then had to play Namibia and Botswana again in a second round of matches, emerging triumphant on both fronts before winning gold.

Point guard Hilton Kurangwa was Zimbabwe most valuable player.  Apart from creating plays, the Zimbabwe U-17 boys point guard averaged 14 points per game.

And when he wasn’t going for the basket, he was making the team play better providing five assists and seven steals per game.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s volleyball Under-17 girls’ team got a silver medal having started brightly by beating Zambia three sets to one, Namibia three sets to nil before falling to Botswana by three straight sets.

The Zimbabwe girls’ Under-13 team claimed bronze.

The tournament hosted athletes from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia and Botswana with over 270 athletes participating.

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