BULAWAYO’S Albert Tawanda almost caused a major upset in the darts sporting fraternity when he took veteran player David Nyemba to the decider in the Presidential Open Singles finals at the National Darts Association of Zimbabwe (Ndaz) Heroes Holiday Championships that ended at Hillside Teachers College yesterday.
Nyemba, representing Mashonaland West province, has dominated all darts competitions, crushing all that came before him with ease until the arrival of young Tawanda, who plays for Archers in the Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Darts Association League.
Nyemba who amassed a whopping 13 most 180 match plays in the same tournament held at Esigodini Agricultural College last year, took a 1-0 lead before Tawanda pulled one back.
The match then ended 2-2 and it had to go to the decider where Nyemba used all his experience to finally hit tops and end the match as a contest.
Before the final, Tawanda had partnered Brian Ndlovu to a third place finish in the Closed Doubles final that was won by the Midlands duo of Timothy Chibwe and Tendai Chibweya who beat Bulawayo’s Patrick Zimidzi and Mgcini Nkala.
Shiela Chikasha was the toss of Team Bulawayo after she scooped the first prize in the women’s Open Singles final, beating Tabeth Zhoya of Midlands.
In team events, Bulawayo and Harare crashed out at the quarter-final stage. Mashonaland West, led by Nyemba, prevailed over Masvingo to retain their title.
“Our biggest problem as Team Bulawayo is failure to adjust to playing in the morning, perhaps we need to work on that so that we improve our performance in such important national competitions,” said the Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Darts Association organising secretary Lethukuthula Nkomo.
The Heroes Holidays Championships were graced by the Ndaz executive led by its president Mernard Moyo.
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