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Michael Kariati

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About Michael
Michael Kariati is one of the most reknowned sports writers in the Zimbabwe media circles. His sports writing and broadcasting career spans over 29 years, having started off as a sports writer for the Sunday Gazette in 1993.

He has worked as Sports Editor for the popular Zimbabwean weekly newspaper, The Standard, for which he still writes a widely read column, Inside Sport, 19 years after he left the Sunday paper.

Apart from the column, he also makes other regular contributions to the paper’s sports pages.

He also served as Group Sports Editor for the now defunct Sunday and Daily Mirror newspapers and also worked as a Sports Writer for Parade Magazine, and the Daily Gazette.

Kariati who is 51 years old was also the Zimbabwean correspondent for the influential London based African Soccer Magazine before it stopped circulation. He also used to write for the Zimbabwean newspaper, as well as The Harare News, a monthly newspaper.

Since 2002 and up to now, Kariati has been working as a Stringer for Voice of America’s Studio Seven, an Africa radio service devoted to Zimbabwe--specializing more in sport and at times in entertainment news.

He was crowned the Zimbabwean Boxing Writer of the Year in 1994 and 1998 for his outstanding coverage of the sport and in 2001 won the Zimbabwe Cabs/Old Mutual Golf Writer of the Year Award.

As Sports Editor of various newspapers at certain points, some of the top sportswriters who have passed through Kariati’s hands are Edison Chikamhi now with the daily Herald, Tawanda Tafirenyika with the Newsday, Langton Nyakwenda with the Sunday Mail, and Farirayi Kahwemba who writes for the South African football website Kick Off.

Kariati covers all sporting disciplines from cricket to tennis via football, boxing, bodybuilding, gymnastics, motor racing, athletics, swimming and others.
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Inside Sports: It's another Ngezi and Platinum title race

09 Mar 2024  |  The Standard
The 2024 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League in Zimbabwe has kicked off, with significant attention on Khama Billiat's return to the Premiership, joining Yadah with a lucrative contract. Despite the hype, Yadah is not expected to contend for the title, with the main competition likely between Ngezi Platinum Stars, FC Platinum, and Manica Diamonds. Other teams like Dynamos, Highlanders, and CAPS United may put up a fight but are not expected to keep pace. Financial stability is now more common among teams, reducing the historical advantage of wealthier clubs. The season will reveal the true contenders from the pretenders.

Inside sport: It’s either a sparkle or the end for Khama

25 Feb 2024  |  thestandard.co.zw
Khama Billiat, a prominent figure in Zimbabwean football, has returned to the local scene, joining Yadah after declining offers from other clubs and a salary cut from Kaizer Chiefs. His move has sparked excitement and debate, with some questioning the football wisdom of joining Yadah, given their lack of quality players and ambition. Billiat's performance at Yadah will be closely scrutinized, with expectations for him to justify his sign-on fee and salary by leading the club to success. His decision to return to Zimbabwe has been seen as a potential end to his career if he fails to perform, contrasting with his successful past at clubs like Sundowns.

Rural Community Football Takes Over the Mantle

07 Jan 2024  |  www.thestandard.co.zw
Rural community football in Zimbabwe is gaining prominence as a means of identifying and nurturing hidden talent, with an increase in local football competitions. These events, initially used by politicians for support, are now community-driven for talent identification and junior football development. Businessmen and diaspora members are supporting tournaments in their birth areas, enhancing football and community pride. Football figures like Farai Jere and Tonderai Ndiraya are encouraged to support these competitions. The Sky Tournament Cup, supported by Murewa businessman Tatenda Choruwa, is one such event that has attracted significant attention, including from coaches and agents. The article calls for greater recognition of rural football talent by the football authorities, citing the potential to discover future stars.

Football legends still dishing it out

07 Jan 2024  |  The Standard
Stanford ‘Stix’ Mtizwa, a retired football legend, continues to showcase his skills alongside other former greats in a team managed by the Soccer Coaches Union of Zimbabwe. The team, featuring notable players like Eddie Nyika and Masimba Dinyero, entertains fans weekly and is considering a nationwide tour. Despite their age, these legends still display remarkable talent, with some fans believing they could compete in the Premier Soccer League. Coach Moses Chunga humorously addressed soccer reporters, highlighting the ongoing passion and camaraderie within the team.

A big line up for WAZIGA Charity Golf

20 Dec 2023  |  The Standard
At least 110 golfers from various countries, including Canada, Kenya, South Africa, and the USA, will participate in the Washington State Zimbabwe Golf Association (WAZIGA) Championship in Zimbabwe from December 20 to 22. The event, held at three top golf courses in Harare, aims to foster interaction between Zimbabwean businesspeople at home and in the diaspora. The tournament features seven divisions, including a subsidized Junior Division, and offers a US$14,000 purse for the professional division. Proceeds will benefit 10 charities across Zimbabwe.

Inside sport: Catch them early or lose out

29 Oct 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
The future of Zimbabwe's national soccer team, the Warriors, is promising with many young players of Zimbabwean descent playing globally. However, there is a risk of losing these talents to other nations if they are not engaged early. Notable players include those at Liverpool, Newcastle, and West Ham, among others. Senegal and Spain have set precedents by integrating young talent into their national teams. Zimbabwean journalist Admire Muhimeke urges swift action to secure Trey Nyoni's commitment to the Warriors. The Zifa normalization committee is advised to find a charismatic figure to convince young talents to represent Zimbabwe, following the example of other African nations that have successfully integrated their diaspora players.

Chiwandire promises celebration time

29 Oct 2023  |  The Standard
Kuda Chiwandire, a former World Boxing Council interim super bantamweight silver belt title holder from Zimbabwe, is set to challenge India's Urbashi Singh for the WBC International title on December 15 in Malvern, Victoria, Australia. Chiwandire's trainer, Clyde Musonda, confirmed that Australian promoters are funding the fight, which has been sanctioned by the World Boxing Council. Chiwandire is confident in her training and aims to secure a victory that could lead to a challenge for the WBC gold title, currently held by Yemileth Mercado of Mexico. Chiwandire has previously defeated Catherine Phiri and Zulina Munoz, and is one of only two Zimbabweans, alongside Charles Manyuchi, to have held a WBC belt.

Are we all that poor?

22 Oct 2023  |  The Standard
Zimbabwe's national football team, the Warriors, will play their first two 2026 World Cup Qualifiers in Kigali, Rwanda, including a 'home' match against Nigeria. This decision has been met with criticism and ridicule, questioning the celebration of Zimbabwe's return to FIFA when there is no suitable stadium for international matches. The ZIFA normalization committee cites cost concerns for not returning home between matches. There is disappointment over the lack of action from politicians and a call for the authorities to renovate the National Sports Stadium to meet CAF and FIFA standards before the next qualifiers in June. The article also humorously suggests that the extra time in Kigali could allow Zimbabwean fans to seek employment in Rwanda.

Inside Sport: This is just a warning

15 Oct 2023  |  www.thestandard.co.zw
The Zifa normalization committee's handling of Zimbabwean football, including the appointment of Nyasha Kadenge, the use of WhatsApp for player call-ups, and the botched friendly match with Botswana, has been criticized for causing confusion and bringing shame to the nation. The committee's arrogance and unwillingness to learn from experienced individuals like Wellington Mpandare or Xolisani Gwesela are seen as contributing to the problems. The upcoming World Cup matches against Rwanda and Nigeria are crucial, and the committee's success in managing these events is imperative.

Inside sport: World Cup dream possible if we fix stadium crisis

01 Oct 2023  |  The Standard
Zimbabwe's World Cup qualification prospects are promising if the National Sports Stadium crisis is resolved. The government must fulfill its renovation promises to leverage home advantage. The Zifa normalization committee should organize serious friendly matches and ensure financial stability for players. The debate continues on whether Baltermar Brito should remain as coach, with some advocating for Knowledge Musona's return to strengthen the team. The article emphasizes the urgency of these actions to realize Zimbabwe's World Cup dream.

InsideSport: Where are we heading to?

01 Oct 2023  |  The Standard
The appointment of Norman Mapeza as the interim coach for Zimbabwe Warriors for a four-team tournament in Malawi raises concerns about Zifa's long-term planning for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. The article questions the logic behind appointing a temporary coach for the tournament and then potentially changing the coach for the World Cup qualifiers. It highlights the need for a long-term coach to maintain team consistency and mentions the selection of talented players, including overseas-based players. The article also reflects on past issues with player availability and emphasizes the importance of a committed and stable coaching strategy.

InsideSport: Educating the Zifa normalisation committee

01 Oct 2023  |  The Standard
The article critiques the Zifa normalisation committee's handling of Zimbabwean football, questioning the legality and future implications of their decisions, particularly regarding long-term contracts and administrative appointments. It highlights the potential legal battles and administrative chaos that could ensue if the committee's term is not managed properly. The piece also touches on the broader issues within Zimbabwean football administration, including the roles of various stakeholders and the need for proper elections and adherence to existing constitutions.

Bring back junior, reserve team football

01 Oct 2023  |  The Standard
Zimbabwean football has suffered from a lack of new talent and low crowd attendance at matches. The article suggests reintroducing junior and reserve team football to attract more fans and develop young talent. It highlights the need for a structured system where Under-20 players can progress to senior teams, citing past successes of players who came through such systems. The Premier Soccer League and Zifa are urged to implement these changes to revitalize the sport and ensure a steady flow of new talent.

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The Forgotten Teams: Mighty Warriors and Young Warriors Deserve Equal Attention

02 Apr 2017  |  The Standard
The article by Michael Kariati discusses the lack of attention given to Zimbabwe's female and youth national football teams, the Mighty Warriors and the Young Warriors, compared to the men's senior team, the Warriors. The author emphasizes the historical achievements of the Mighty Warriors, such as qualifying for the Olympic Games and reaching the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations. The article criticizes the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) for not providing equal support to the women's and junior teams and suggests that success in football begins at the junior level. The author calls for equal treatment in terms of coaching appointments, international friendly matches, and financial support. The ultimate goal for Zimbabwean football, according to the article, should be to qualify for the World Cup, which requires a strong foundation at the junior levels and a seamless transition to the senior team.

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