Midlands moots resuscitating pool league

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Edson T. Nyoni

Plans to resuscitate the Midlands Pool League (MPL) are at an advanced stage as teams have started the registration process in line with the covid-19 protocols.

The MPL which has been inactive for more than five years is currently in the process of registering clubs and players in line with the Zimbabwe Pool Associations (ZIPA).

In an exclusive interview with this reporter MPL head Umpire Owen Chigoya revealed that all was going according to plan.

“…we have registered 17 teams so far in the league,” said Chigoya.

The MPL Will cover teams from Gweru, Kwekwe, Gokwe, Shurugwi, Zvishavane, Mberengwa and Mvuma.

Marshal Vakira and Nyati at a pool tournament in Mbizo last week

Some of the teams that have expressed interest include Hotel Redcliff, Escape, Karaga bulls, Hippo drum, Shumba Hotel, ZESA Munyathi, Gokwe center, Corner stone, Rugare and Top gun.

Teams will be allowed to register at most 20 players and to date over 300 players have been registered.

Chigoya Added that with the relaxation of the Covid-19 lockdown regulations and the statement by the Sports Recreation Commission (SRC) that sports can resume a brighter future was dawning for the league.

“We have been hamstrung by the Covid-19 pandemic and now that the cases are declining and the government relaxing travelling restrictions and gatherings we are hopeful that we will begin soon,” he said.

Those interested in joining the league can contact Chigoya on +263772717314.

“Those willing to join should get in touch and kindly provide the following personal details for ZIPA players database as advertised, full names, ID numbers and the club one plays for,” he said.


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