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Darts association hosts Champion of Champions

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The National Darts Association of Zimbabwe (NDAZ) will early next year hold the inaugural Champions of Champions — a tournament that will be used to select the best team from the eight active leagues around the country.

NDAZ president Meynard Moyo yesterday said the best two teams from the eight participating provinces will compete in the tournament, likely to be held in January.

“The Champions of Champions tournament is something that I proposed to provinces and they were all in agreement. Since 2008 when I came into the office, I felt something was lacking.

“We don’t know which team is the best in the country. We will take two best teams from the provinces to clash among themselves and the national champion will be decided,” said Moyo.

With all darts leagues having been concluded some few weeks ago, Moyo said his office was still waiting for names of teams who finished top in their leagues so modalities for the tournament could commence.

“We would have wanted the tournament to be held before the end of this year, but I’m yet to receive the full list of players who participated last season, the log standings and minutes from the provinces’ annual general meetings to see if they are doing the right things.

So as it stands I don’t think it will be possible to hold the tournament this year. We are likely to have it early next year,” said Moyo.

Moyo said the past season had been fruitful for the sport of darts and his association. The association for the first time managed to send representatives to the regional Zone IV Darts Youth Games held in Botswana in August.

So impressive was the Under-15 boys’ team at the tournament that they finished second to powerhouse Lesotho while the U-18 men’ team finished fourth.

The women counterparts finished fifth. Moyo said the association successfully held the annual National Easter tournament and the Heroes’ tourney which was won by Mashonaland East and Mashonaland West respectively in men’s categories. The Midlands women won the two tournaments.

“It was a good year for us but I still feel that we can do better. We are trying to put structures at the grassroots level. We want kids to understand the game at an early age,” said Moyo.

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