The Harare City Council, which has invested heavily in sport, is beginning to see the results as the local authority owned clubs continue to dominate the Harare Volleyball Association League and other sports.
Other council owned sports teams; the Harare City Hornets’ men and women teams won the Harare Basketball Association (HBA) league while the volleyball teams sit comfortably at the apex of the Harare league after the weekend’s round of fixtures.
Despite heavy criticism from ratepayers over the council’s heavy investment and expenditure on sport, council-owned professional clubs seem to be doing well, repaying the faith shown by the local authority and are set to revolutionise the sporting competition in the capital.
The men’s football team, the Sunshine City boys coached by British, Mark Harrison are struggling in the PSL after drawing with Bulawayo Chiefs but the women’s team under Rosemary Mugadza is doing quite well in the Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer league and appears to be challenging for honours after finishing in the top three last year.
The Harare City volleyball men’s team tops the 14 team Harare Volleyball League with six wins out of six and on 18 points while the women have won all their five matches played so far and are yet to drop a point.
The men are followed by army side, Black Rhinos who have one loss and 14 points.
Former champions, Support Unit are third on 12 points tied with defending national champion, UZ Wolves who are yet to lose.
Stallions are now fifth by virtue of having played more games, while Correctional Spikers are sixth.
CBZ Jewels are seventh followed by Harare Polytechnic, Falcons, ZRP Harare, DZ Evangelical and former powerhouse, NABA are languishing in 12th position on a point after losing five matches.
PPU anchor the log after playing just two matches and are yet to register any points.
The women’s league has 10 teams and Harare City are both the Harare Volleyball and National League and Region Five defending champions.
They are using all the experience gained during the African safari when they participated at the African Club championships to their advantage.
City are followed by a resurgent CBZ Jewels who are second on nine points from five matches played, winning three and losing two.
Eagles are third and tied on seven points with former national champions, UZ Wolves.
Another fading giant Support Unit are fifth on six points with two wins from two matches played.
Falcons followed by Correctional Spikers, PPU, DZ Evangelical and ZRP Harare anchor the log table.