The curtain went down on the All-Africa Games in Algiers on Monday with Zimbabwe clinching 25 medals before team members packed their bags to go home.
Zimbabwe team manager Custom Kachambwa told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye the games were an eye-opening experience for team members and valuable lesson were learned that will help the athletes do better in future tournaments.
The games opened July 11 amid tight security. The highlight for Zimbabwe was the amassing of seven gold medals by Olympic swimming star Kirsty Coventry.
Egyptian athletes topped the rankings with 199 medals, 74 of them gold. Host nation Algeria was second with 204 medals but just 70 golds. South Africa with 180 medals and 61 golds came third and Nigeria ran fourth with 159 medals - 50 gold.