Polo X alive and kicking in Zim

Enock Muchinjo

POLO X is alive and kicking in the country.

Zimbabwe, the 1999 World Champion, is currently ranked the fourth best s

ide in the world after relinquishing the world title to Australia last year.

There are currently 13 clubs across the country which play against each other on a league basis. Some of the top clubs are champions Harlequine, Enterprise and new-comers Old Hararians.

Veteran player Gary Dodd who captains the Old Hararians club said the game has been rejuvenated by the emergence of a new crop of players after having lost some over the last two years.

“Every year our juniors play against the South African juniors to keep in shape for tournaments like the world championships,” he said.

During the Easter weekend all the top clubs converged at Enterprise Club for a national tournament organised by the Polo X Association of Zimbabwe.

In August the Zimbabwe national team will play against Zambia in Test matches in that country.

“Since we are a far better side than Zambia, we will send a young side there so that we expose them to international competition” said Dodd.

Regular national team players include Henry Harris, Shannon Babbage and Howie Baker.