“We have shunned drug abuse”
YOUTH in Chimanimani have sensationally claimed that sport in agroecology has helped them to shun drug abuse and become responsible citizens. This came out at a soccer tournament which was held at Hotsprings Secondary School in Chimanimani on Saturday 19 November 2022.
The tournament was sponsored by Participatory Organic Research and Training (PORET), a self-help organisation that is based at Chaseyama in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe which promotes the concept of agroecology. The concept seeks to increase yields using farming methods that doesn’t harm the environment.
Costa Sithole who is a goal keeper for FC Kosovo from Wengezi said that sport is helping to keep them occupied.
“As we indulge in sporting activities, we are kept occupied. We are playing in PORET tournaments as well as other leagues which has prevented many of the youth from unnecessary activities like doing drugs and has helped us to become responsible citizens,” he said.
Louis Mugadza who plays for Mhandarume FC said, “We are happy with being kept occupied by doing sports. It’s a platform where we are able to showcase our talent. Sometimes people abuse drug just because they are idle. I therefore urge fellow youth to showcase their talent so that they become self-reliant.”
The Hotsprings tournament saw Chaseyama FC taking fourth position, Chakohwa becoming third, Red Army grabbing second place and Mhandarume becoming the crowned kings.
The event was graced by Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Manicaland fixtures secretary, Innocent Mlilo, who presented medals to the participating team members and also presented trophies to the two top winners.