Manuel makes history as Arcadia Bucs win

08 Dec, 2021 - 10:12 0 Views
Manuel makes history as Arcadia Bucs win Vivienne Manuel


Richard Zimunya, Sports Reporter

HISTORY was made in domestic basketball at the weekend after Vivienne Manuel became the first female coach to lead a team in the men’s topflight league.
Manuel, who is now head coach for Arcadia Bucs, made her debut over the weekend in style, with a 52-36 win, against Cameo.

“To be honest I feel it is a huge achievement for me.

“I did not realize the magnitude of the position until a colleague contacted me after the game and said that he is going to push for me to get the attention as I had made history.

“I did not find it necessary, but he has been pushing on my behalf,” she told H-Metro Sport yesterday.

Manuel, an all-rounder who is also Zimbabwe women’s sevens rugby national team manager, said she never thought one day she would be on the touchline, giving instructions, as head coach of the men’s basketball team.

“Never did I ever imagine this.

“I coached the Cubs Development team last year, I was happy with that and I never ever thought I would coach the A League men’s team one day.

“But because of work demands, my husband has taken a back seat and I felt that I could not sit and watch the team not participating in the league.

“So here I am steering the ship.”

Arcadia Bucs have been mentored by Vivienne’ husband, Craig-Jody Manuel, for the past six years.

The 47-year-old history making coach revealed that she is dreaming to achieve more in her career.

“It is always nice to dream and I am a dreamer.

“I hope one day I will be coaching or assisting at the highest possible level.

“I believe as a scholar of the game, you can never reach a pinnacle as you constantly learn and adapt to every unique game,” said Manuel.

“As you know, women are good at multitasking, so this does not affect me at all.

“Our Basketball season has just kicked off, so for now I am managing.

“I am still a wife, and a mother to my husband and children and perfectly balance the scales, so no one is ever compromised.”

A former Zimbabwe Women’s basketball national team manager, Manuel feels there are plenty of opportunities in the world of sport for women.

“I think women need to realize that there are lots of opportunities available to us in sporting structures, gone are the days whereby men dominate.

“We need to change our mindset and push ourselves to be seen and heard in the sporting circles.

“Everything is possible only if we do not give up and adopt a character and keep pushing always.”

Commenting on the ongoing 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence(GBV), she said:

“GBV is an important issue to me, lots of women are being abused and suffering in silence.

“They need to be assured that there is help out there, so we need to educate women to know where to go to get assistance if they are being abused.

“I believe everyone has a voice, and should never fear to use it or have it compromised or taken away.”

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