Zim to send full contigent to games

Raymond Jaravaza
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The country is sending a full contingent to representA� in five sporting codes at this yeara��s edition of the Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) ball games to be held in Botswana.

The games will be in Gaborone from 24 to 28 August.

Unlike in the past editions when the country has failed to send a full complement of athletes due to financial constraints, Zimbabwe will this year be represented in basketball, Sevens Rugby, tennis, football and netball.

Athletes will battle it out in Sevens Rugby (boys only under-17), tennis (all age groups boys and girls), basketball (boys and girls under-17), football (all age groups boys and girls), and netball (girls only under-13 and under-17).

a�?The country will be represented in all the five sporting disciplines and we expect the teams to converge in Bulawayo, which is closer to Botswana, for a training camp at Northlea High School before we depart for the games,a�? said National Association of Secondary Heads (Nash) vice-president Arthur Maphosa.

Maphosa will double up as the head of mission in Botswana together with National Association of Primary Heads (Naph) president Cynthia Khumalo.

Affiliation fees for each country to participate in the Cossasa Games are pegged at R65 000 annually while R300 is required for each athlete.

Zimbabwe has paid affiliation fees while participation fees are set to be paid when the final travelling teams are approved by Nash and Naph.

Countries which are active in the Cossasa are Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe while those that have not participated in the games for a long time are Angola, Mozambique, Seychelles and South Africa.

a�?We have engaged South Africa to bring teams that fall under their sports unions, for instance their national basketball association can bring a team of school children to represent the country in that respective sporting code and the response has been positive. They are interested but have not confirmed participation and the same goes for Angola, Mozambique and Seychelles,a�? he said.