Masamba eyes water polo career

HARARE - After watching a single training session from the terraces, former Prince Edward School student Tamuka “Teabags” Masamba totally fell in love with water polo.

Having been a swimmer right from childhood, Masamba was fascinated by the sport and the next day he had joined his school team.

As a strong swimmer whose favourite stroke is freestyle, he went on to become an integral part of the Under-16 team before going onto graduate into the first team and also landing captaincy.

“I finished high school last year at a great institution that taught me a lot in life such as life management, sports and of course academics,” Masamba tells the Daily News on Sunday.

“My first sport was cricket. I then moved on to water polo and swimming. My dad (Alois) taught me how to swim; I never hired a coach or went to a swimming school and that’s how I got to swim well.”

The 20-year-old is still fascinated with how he ended up in water polo.

“I developed an interest in water polo at school. After our swimming session, I asked the coach named Ivan Peterson if I could watch the guys train,” he says.

“At that moment I got interested in it and then asked him if I could join and he obliged. I started off playing for the junior teams and then went on to play for the first team and became captain.”

Water polo is a team water sport which consists four eight-minute quarters in which the two teams attempt to score goals by throwing the ball into their opponent’s goal with the team with the most goals at the end of the game winning the match.

Each team consists of six field players and a goalkeeper in the water. The minimum water depth is usually 1,8 meters although it varies with situations and the goals are three meters wide and 90 centimetres high while the balls are generally yellow.

“It was a tough sport (school water polo) because my best friend Mduduzi Magadlela was very competitive but he ended up being the swimming captain.
“I chose this sport because it is not widely played in Zimbabwe and knowing how to play it is an honour,” Masamba says.

“My aim upon taking up water polo as a sport was to give people knowledge about it asking everyone who played it to at least introduce the game to the town they stayed or wherever they would be.

He adds: “I still want my water polo career to go on because I never got the chance to play for the national team. If they were coaching clinics in Zimbabwe I would have gone there but unfortunately there’s none which means the sport has to be competed somewhere else.”

In his quest to don the national jersey, Masamba is looking to further his skills at South African Universities or even as far as Australia.

“I have just applied at the Australian Catholic University and University of Cyprus Nicosia,” he says.

“My dad played a huge role in my sporting life because when I was young he introduced me to a variety of sports and I’m glad to say that I can play 50 percent of sports offered in Zimbabwe because of him and I thank him very much for that.

“He was an all-rounded sportsman but his main sport was basketball, he’s very good at it and always brags about his trophies.”

His role model is Brazilian- born American water polo player Antony “The Saviour” Azevedo who is considered to be one of the best American water polo players in recent memory.

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