Pumula bags checkers tourney bragging rights

Bret Kamutenga

PUMULA checkers team made sure the bragging rights of the Bulawayo Draughts Association-organised checkers tournament remain in the high-density suburb after brushing off eight other teams on Sunday.

The tourney was held at Pumula Old Beer Garden.

Checkers, commonly known as draughts, is a board game played between two opponents, playing diagonal moves with the ultimate goal of eliminating one another’s pieces.

It’s mostly played as a pass time in beer gardens, bus terminus ranks and outdoor recreational areas and has over the years been regarded as an old men’s game.

But the Bulawayo Draughts Association wants to change that perception.

“This game is mostly played by the elderly but we want the younger generation to come join us and be a part of this sport.

“As an association we are looking for sponsorship so that this sport goes places in terms of being competitive and attracting young players,” said Maynard Moyo, the treasurer.

The hosts, Pumula, beat Mzilikazi, Matshobane, Sizinda, Esiqongweni, Entumbane, Patapata, Iminyela and Matsotsi to come out tops.

Sindiso Ncube, the winner said: “I’m very proud of winning this competition, it was tough as there are so many brilliant players from different communities that I faced”.

The next tournament is scheduled for Mathonisa Beer Garden in Mpopoma suburb next weekend and will start at midday.

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