Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
DEPUTY Minister of Sport Tinoda Machakaire says he is impressed by the level of competitiveness in domestic football though upgrading – in various aspects – is needed going forward.
Honourable Machakaire, who was the guest of honour at the Chibuku Super Cup final last Saturday, saluted the passion by local football fans and the competition by the teams.
Highlanders defeated Ngezi Platinum 1-0 in a final that was attended by several government officials and other football stakeholders.
Deputy Minister Machakaire has been frequenting different sporting events since he was sworn in last month, a move that received applauds from stakeholders.
He was also the guest of honour at the Afcon 2021 qualifier between Warriors and Botswana which ended 1-1.
“I attended the Chibuku Super Cup final in Bulawayo between Highlanders and Ngezi Platinum Stars and I was impressed. The sponsors and the teams did everything to come up with a good sporting day.
“The passion from the fans in stands could be felt, the eagerness by the players on the pitch to be crowned champions as well. It was impressive,” said Hon Machakaire.
The Wedza South legislator also spoke of the Castle Larger Premiership race as well the fight for survival.
CAPS United and FC Platinum are in title race set to be decided on the final day while about eight teams are still involved in the relegation matrix with two games remaining.
“Look at the race for the championship, it’s obviously going to be decided on the final day of the season which I think makes the game interesting. This is the same situation with the fight for survival.
“I’ve been following developments in the lower division as well. There was competition in three regions (Eastern, Central and Northern) until the final day,” he said.
Hon Machakaire has also been giving a helping hand in the development of local boxing, a gesture he promised to continue doing now that the sport is under his portfolio.
Netball is of late thriving and the minster is delighted that a number of sports are growing to compete at top level internationally.
He also spoke on the need to make sure all sporting disciplines in the country are vibrant and commitment to develop sports facilities.