By Martin Muleya.

MUTARE- The annual Matanuska Directors Trophy was held last weekend amid pomp and fun fare with five teams from the leading banana company taking part in various sport codes.

The two day event that was held at Matanuska’s production company in Burma Valley, Mutare saw Chipinge Banana Company, Tsanga, Fangudu, Marketing and the host taking part in tug of war, athletics, soccer and netball.

Chipinge Banana Company (CBC) sealed their dominance as they thrashed the hosts 3-0 in men’s soccer lifting with Ngandu Mangava being selected as the top goal scorer of the tournament.

in the netball category Fangudu trailed the pack while Matanuska settled for the third position, CBC second and Tsanga Flora were the winners who walked away with a flouting trophy. Sibongile Mhlanga of CBC was nominted as the best player of the tournament while Ntokozile Maphosa settled for the most disciplined player of the tournament.

Matanuska Holdings Director Johannes Makurumidze handing over trophy to netball winning team Tsanga Flora of Nyanga

In his welcome remarks Matanuska banana Company director Johannes Makurumidze highlighted that the Directors Trophy tournament was an annual event on their sports calendar as a company. The idea being to promote the physcial fitness of their employees at the company and reiterated that plans were in place to also promote other minority sport codes so as to promote sport from grassroots level.

“This is an annual trophy and the tournament started way back in 2008 using one venue but over the years the tournament has grown bigger and better and we are now using two venues here. At the moment we are reckoning as a company to start looking at grassroots sports that are not only rooted to our employees but the entire Burma Valley community since earlier we have been centering the tournament on our employees only,” said Makurumidze.

addressing the same gathering Ministry of Sport and Recreation, provincial officer who was the guest of honour, Clifford Mujoko sang from the same hymn book as the Matanuska boss adding that his Ministry had been empowered to exploit grassroots structures to feed the field of sport and recreation with untapped talent which will produce a competitive athlete.

“The Ministry of Sport and Recreation has been essentially empowered to exploit grassroots structures to feed the field of sport and recreation with untapped talent which will in turn will result in profuse elite athlete development. At the core of this dream is the club system established at ward level across the country. We therefore encourage Matanuska to have all these teams here present and others in absentia to be registered for them to become clubs,” he noted.

Mujoko said through the creation of clubs at ward level, the nation would be assured of a feeder system in form of junior policy and women in sport.

He challenged Matanuska Holdings to also embark on training their employees to become sports official and highlighted that it was Government’s concerted effort to have organised sport and recreation in all communities.

“This tournament is a good platform for talent identification. Last year one football player Malibo was selected for the Zimbabwe National Youth Games that were held in Chinhoyi. It is Government’s desire to introduce organised sport and recreation in al communities as part of a broad plan to organise this sector to be like any other industry,” said Mujoko.

Matanuska Directors Trophy is the brainchild of the directors Johannes Makurumidze, Richard Chivandire and Oliver Hildebrand to encourage team work, discipline and communication through sport among the organisation’s units.

From second left; Richard Chivandire (yellow jersey Matanuska Director), Prince Mutsvunguma (in blue jeans Min of Sport and Recreation Mutare District sports officer), Johannes Makurumidze, Clifford Mujoko (Min of sport and Recreation provincial officer) and Norman Nyaude (City of Mutare sports officer)



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