Gweru pursues sport development


GWERU City Council is partaking in several initiatives that will see sport development improve in the
city as well as keep with international standards.
Speaking during his end of the year address, Gweru Mayor Hamutendi Kombayi said council has
prioritised the rehabilitation of social amenities including Ascot Stadium.
“In order to keep with international standards, rehabilitation of Ascot Stadium has remained topical
and the construction of the two public toilets is on course.
“Turf maintenance is ongoing as the pitch is hosting Premier Soccer League matches,” Kombayi said.
The mayor said council had also prioritised the refurbishment of social amenities and placed them
on the performance contracts.
Facilities that have been attended to include Mkoba, Mambo and town swimming pools.
Ndlovu and Shumba Youth Centres have also been attended to, although more work still needs to be
done subject to availability of resources, Kombayi added.
“My council has embarked on various sporting and recreational activities at all its Youth Centres with
the aim of keeping the youths occupied and reducing teenage pregnancies, early child marriages and
drug abuse.
“My council also promotes gender equality in service delivery as evidenced by inclusion of the girl
child in sporting activities,” he said.
Kombayi said council sponsored Chipembere Queens in the 2022 Women Premier Football League
and the team finished 12th and will be in the 2023 WPL.
Ndlovu Queens performed exceptionally well in the 2022 Midlands Agriculture Show soccer final
against the Platinum Queens and walked away with a trophy.
“Our boxing team participated in the boxing tournaments held in Bulawayo and five of our boxers
were awarded certificates of participation,” he said.
The local authority in partnership with the National AIDS Council held a successful Youth Education
through sports festival in 2022 where volley ball, chess, netball and soccer were played.

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