Zimbabwe: good weekend for Zim Sport

Senior sports journalist

THE Zimbabwean sporting landscape witnessed well-being stories this weekend after its successes in cricket, golf and motocross.

Warriors star Marvelous Nakamba also provided football with a good story after one of their best performances for Aston Villa in the English Premiership.

With sport slowly emerging from the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been a number of international events, involving Zimbabwean teams and athletes.

The best news came from Botswana, where the Lady Chevrons raised the flag high, winning the African qualifiers for the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup.

This guaranteed them the ticket to the world qualifiers scheduled for next year.

The World Qualifier is the final qualifying tournament, for the 2023 ICC T20 Women’s World Cup.

The Chevrons put the icing on the cake on a great cricket weekend when they beat Scotland by six wickets.

The victory ensured a rare away triumph for the Chevrons.

In golf, Scott Vincent continued his ascent to the top with his second victory on the Japan Golf Tour.

Vincent won the ANA Open at the Sapporo Golf Club Wattsu Course in Hakkaido, Japan with a comfortable three-stroke victory.

He pocketed around US $ 181,000.

This was Vincent’s second title at the 2021 Japan Golf Tour.

Zimbabwe’s junior champion motocross rider Emmanuel Bako clinched a podium, when he came second, in the Pro-Mini 85cc class in round five of the 2021 South African National Championship series in Chestnut Hill.

Bako fought hard in a strong field of 15 riders which was ultimately won by South African Neil van der Vyver.

But, the second place deserved to be celebrated given the level of motocross competition in South Africa.

Next stop for Bako is this weekend’s annual North vs South Championship in Bloemfontein.

The North vs South is one of the biggest regional motocross events in South Africa.

Bako (14) has been chosen to represent Gauteng Province and he will team up with some of the best junior and senior male and female riders in this country next Saturday.

Bako was featured with his traditional No 21 in Team Gauteng and he will be the only rider from Zimbabwe to participate in this event.

This Saturday will also see a number of the country’s top male and female senior triathletes travel to Nyanga in the Eastern Highlands for the Bonaqua Troutbeck Africa Cup Triathlon.

The event features strong elite male and female rosters, keen to rack up crucial Olympic qualifying points, for the Paris Olympics, scheduled from July to August 2024.

Elite pitch should be the calling card as usual, although the number of international athletes coming to Zimbabwe appears to have declined slightly, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Bonaqua Africa Triathlon Cup offers world ranking points to elite athletes, within the ITU ranking system.

The points scored by elite athletes will eventually become qualifying points for the Olympic ranking for Paris 2024.

Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited is bottling Bonaqua Water.

Other partners supporting the event are Bon Marche, Cimas, Rooneys and Toyota Zimbabwe.

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