Zim in shoddy preparations for Maputo regional games

By Brain Murandu

A DARK cloud of uncertainty shrouds the country’s maiden participation at the Supreme Council of Sport in Africa Zone V1 Games set for Mozambique next week.



ce=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Zimbabwe’s preparations for the games have been plunged into disarray by the lack of monetary incentives for both athletes and officials.


IndependentSport has also established that the shoddy preparations have seen many athletes and officials struggling to get relevant travel documents.


Zimbabwe is making its inaugural appearance at the regional games set for Maputo from April 24 to May 1.


IndependentSport this week saw a copy of a letter addressed to Sports minister Aenias Chigwedere by SRC chairman Anthony Mandiwanza requesting a supplementary grant for the delegation.


The letter, dated March 26 states that efforts to get money from the corporate world yielded nothing and that the SRC needed a supplementary grant to send a “strong” contingent of 200 athletes and officials.


“SRC presented a bid of $1,4b for the Zone 6 Games which was cut by $601m by Treasury… SRC has a budget of $600m which falls short of $800m,” reads the letter.


Sources revealed that women soccer officials had been more vocal as they pressed for money to buy sanitary wear and luxury soaps to use while in camp. Failure to get these “basics” would mean a boycott, sources said.

However, it has also emerged that the lure of the US$30 daily allowance for each member during their stay in Maputo has persuaded athletes and officials to try and make the trip at all cost.


Anna Mguni, the local contingent’s public relations assistant general manager admitted that sports associations sending teams to Maputo had asked for more monetary assistance.


“Everybody needs money for the preparations and it’s not just soccer (women) only. In fact, no discipline did not ask for extra money last night (Tuesday) which is needed for transport and medical aspects (sic),” she said.


Sporting disciplines to take part in Maputo include athletics, boxing, basketball, netball, soccer (both men and women) and sports for the partially blind. Other countries taking part are Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

SRC’s Joseph Muchechetere however said his organisation was taking care of the local contingent’s needs.