By William Milasi
Talented basketball player Nyasha Zamani who has been plying his trade in the Midlands Basketball Association (MBA) has rejoined the Harare basketball league.
The former Steelers player has found a new home in Harare City Hornets.
The Midlands State University graduate started his professional career with JBC in 2015.
Zamani said his first love was football before he decided to try basketball.
In an interview with The Midlands Observer Sport Zamani said his wish is to be one of Zimbabwe’s best basketball players.
“I grew up in Redcliff, before I undertook basketball I used to play football for BM Academy a Division 2 outfit that produced great talent some of which is found in the Premier League,” said Zamani.
He is not only tenacious but also a believer in hard work.
“Keep working hard don’t give up and self belief,” he articulated his motto before plunging into his history as a basketball player. I started to play basketball in 2009, I didn’t however get the breakthrough I has always dreamt of. It was only in 2010 when I made it in to the Midlands team that would compete on the Zimbabwe National Youth games in Harare were we lost to Manicaland in the semi finals. Midlands settled for a fourth position,” he said.
The rest they say is history as Zamani buoyed by his achievement at the junior level started to represent MSU at a tertiary level.
“In 2012 I made it into the ZITUSA team that participated in the CUCSA games in Namibia, our team settled for fourth position,” he said.
It was in 2015 that he had a big break into the Harare basketball league.
“In October 2015 I joined JBC which was the biggest club in Zimbabwe. The following year we won all the domestic tournaments in Zimbabwe and the Harare basketball league respectively. I was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2016 at the 18th edition of the CUCSA games that were hosted in Bulawayo.”
Speaking of his journey so far after joining the Hornets he said: “the experience has been overwhelming I am developing into one of the best players that Zimbabwe will ever produce. Harare city has indeed elevated me.
“Last season was a bit difficult as I was adjusting to new tactical approaches to the game but this season I am optimistic I will be MVP of the Harare Basketball league.”