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CHIKOKO REKINDLES FRENCH KISS

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ZIMBABWEAN international centre Vitalis Chikoko has signed a two-year contract extension at French club Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez. BY TINASHE KUSEMA The new deal prolongs his stay up to the end of 2018/19 season. The 26-year-old joined Pau-Orthez from German powerhouses Bayern Munich at the start of the 2016/17 campaign and gave his new paymasters value for money before a knee ...

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THE NBA FINALS WE HATE TO LOVE

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THE NBA is peaking right now in a way it hasn’t since the end of the last century. It has a cavalcade of superstars, all riveting and unmissable in their own way (James Harden is an efficiency machine, Kawhi Leonard is the next evolution in two-way players, LeBron is LeBron and Russell Westbrook is almost levitating with his talent and energy … and ...

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DIKEMBE MUTOMBO SAW THIS COMING

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GREENSTARS Academy centre Getrude Mapiye describes her ascendance to the top of Zimbabwean basketball as the realisation of a prophecy made sometime last year by none other than NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo. By Tinashe Kusema The two crossed paths when the 18-year-old was invited to attend the Basketball Without Borders camp in Angola. “Last year, I was invited to join ...

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LA CLIPPERS STAR TO HOST ZIM CAMP

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ZIMBABWE’S fledgling basketball stars will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to receive expert coaching from National Basketball Association (NBA) star when Los Angeles Clippers’ Cameroonian forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute visits the country for a high-profile three-day training camp with young players in June.BY DANIEL NHAKANISO The 30-year-old starting small forward will host a three-day skills development training camp for ...

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MUKANDI MISSES THE HOOP

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AS the analysis of Zimbabwe’s fall to South Africa in the AfroBasket qualifiers last week continues, no one seems capable of explaining how the men’s basketball team blew a 20-point lead to allow the hosts to come from behind and snatch the first game 74-67.By Tinashe Kusema Although coach Emmanuel Mukandi’s men went on to win the second match 70-68 ...

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INJURY BLOW FOR CHIKOKO

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FRANCE-BASED Zimbabwean basketball star Vitalis Chikoko faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a serious foot injury while in action for his club Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez on Monday evening. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO   Chikoko, who has been enjoying a dream debut season in the French top-flight basketball league, the Ligue Nationale de Basket (LNB) Pro A, suffered a ...

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NBA – A HOOP TOO HIGH FOR CHIKOKO

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VITALIS CHIKOKO’S dream of playing in the US National Basketball Association league appears to be fading with each passing day despite an impressive résumé that has seen him grace courts in Italy, Germany and France.Five years on from leaving his Glen View, Harare home in pursuit of the NBA dream, the 25-year-old forward is physically closer to the US, but ...

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NO AFRO BASKET HOOP FOR ZIMBABWE

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THE Basketball Union of Zimbabwe has withdrawn from this year’s Under-18 women’s AfroBasket Championships in Egypt after failing to raise US$65 000 needed for the trip. By Tinashe Kusema “It is indeed a sad situation that we will not be sending our team to Egypt, and have since been forced to withdraw from this year’s edition,” said BUZ secretary-general Joe ...

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MAVUNGA EXTENDS STAY AT JAPAN CLUB

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JAPANESE basketball club Shiga Lakestars has re-signed 26-year-old Zimbabwe international power forward Julian Mavunga for another season after an impressive debut campaign in the Western Conference of the second tier Japanese league last season. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO The former Miami University basketball star, who enjoyed a superb debut season in Japan after joining the club from Sigal Prishtina in Kosovo, ...

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CHIKOKO DREAMS OF BAYERN MUNIC GLORY

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ZIMBABWEAN basketball star Vitalis Chikoko faces a defining few weeks at Bayern Munich as he seeks to nail a long-term deal with the Beko Bundesliga giants. By Tinashe Kusema – Sunday Mail Chikoko joined Bayern Munich on a short-term contract at the end of February but has struggled for game time, featuring in a handful of matches, sinking a paltry ...

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