Hwange Colliery hosts sports day

HARARE - The mining town of Hwange is set to come alive today when scores of athletes converge for the Hwange Colliery Company and Old Mutual Zimbabwe Sports Extravaganza.

The Old Mutual-bankrolled games will host 10 disciplines in the form of badminton, basketball, bowling, darts, golf, squash, tennis, netball, men and women soccer.

Speaking ahead of the games, Hwange Colliery Company public relations officer Rugare Dhobbie said beyond sport the games pay tribute to the victims of Kamandama Mine Disaster.

“The games came into being after the Kamandama Mine Disaster of 1972 where organisations such as Old Mutual, in partnership with RM Insurance and CABS initiated a sports day as a way of consoling the community from their loss,” Dhobbie said in a statement.

“Since then, Old mutual has been bankrolling the event. The official prize-giving ceremony of the games will be hosted at the Colliery Club at 6pm.  

“Key projects to date include the Hwange Football Club, the only Premier League football club from this part of the country (Matabeleland North).

“The football club has natured talent for the Zimbabwe national soccer team and other competitive soccer teams within our region. 

“This is testament to our commitment towards the socio-economic empowerment of local youths through sport. The Colliery also has an extensive soccer development program comprising of the Hwange U20 and Hwange U-17 teams. 

“On the ladies front, the Colliery supports women’s netball and ladies soccer teams.”

Chipangano has not been firing from all cylinders this season in the PSL but the community of Hwange will hope to find some solace in today's sporting fiesta.

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