AU Staff Darts team sweep through competition to claim gold in Limpopo, South Africa


30 January 2019
Story by
Jeanette Dadzie
Office of Advancement and Public Affairs Correspondent
The Africa University Staff Darts Team put on a stellar performance and remain undefeated having overcome stiff competition at the 19th edition of the Southern African Universities Staff Sport Association (SAUSSA) Games held in Limpopo, South Africa from the 15th of December 2018. This victory comes as the third in a row for the “Snipers”, a moniker that has since stuck due to the teams’ precision and steady hands, and bears testament to their determination and dedication towards perfecting their art.

Competing against 18 universities that included UNISA, Fort Hare, North West University, Walter Sisulu University, Sefako Makgatho University, University of Lesotho, University of Namibia, University of Eswathini, University of Zambia, University of Botswana, Botswana University of Science and Technology amongst others, the Snipers easily beat out rival teams to face the University of Malawi whom they have stood toe to toe against for the last three years in the finals.

When asked about the secret behind their continued success, Deputy Team Captain Mr. Chikuni said, “Practise, Practise, Practise! We practise every day, every lunch hour, it is something that the university community has come to know about us and our team. Darts is a hobby for us and we sacrifice a lot for the sport often financing our own tournaments and foregoing our free time to play the sport.”

Mr. Mambwerere the Darts Team captain added,

“We aim to continue winning and maintain our pole position in the Southern African region. Our success also hinges upon the support that we have received from the university. We attend these games every year. The university makes sure of that with the provision of transport throughout the region which is one of the biggest gestures of love and support among many others.”

The team captain went on to explain,

“Our victories and consistency across the board in these games reflect how seriously we take staff wellness and the need to be active and engaged. This is a great achievement for us as this marks our third victory in a row where we have come out on top.”

In addition to the Darts team victory, the university was also given another reason to celebrate in the sports field within the athletics division of the tournament. Mrs. Winnie Gwatidzo took pole position in the veteran’s category (over 50 years) in the disciplines of 400, 800 and 100 meters. Moreblessing Bandambira also came first in the 40 -45-year division in the 400 meters’ category. Tambudzai Makwamure came in 2nd in the 100 meters while Tendai Mateko came 1st, and 3rd in the 800 meters, 200 meters and Shot Put categories respectively.