There is optimism on the growth of sport in Chipinge following the expansion of the Innocent Mlilo tournament which now includes volleyball and handball and has been extended to schools.

Gideon Mhlanga High in Chipinge was the centre of all action as the Innocent Mlilo ball games got underway.

District schools inspector Richard Gabaza commended the initiative which has expanded to now include volleyball, handball and football as well as schools as a critical step in nurturing sport.

Tournament sponsor Innocent Mlilo promised he will engage local coaches to come and scout for talent during the next edition so that players can increase their opportunities of making it into the big clubs.

Many sport athletes have failed to make into mainstream competition due to limited exposure and the tournament is setting the base in trying to reverse this phenomenon.