Masenda passes on ZOC baton

Masenda passes on ZOC baton

By Edward Mukaro THE “best of both worlds” does not aptly describe Admire Masenda – the man whose passion for the sport has practically changed the face of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) and various sporting disciplines on the land – is sadly closing a glorious chapter after 15-years as ZOC president. Despite being an active businessman, occupying various management positions in the corporate world, Masenda took over the reins at ZOC from his predecessor Tommy Ganda Sithole, who is now Zimpapers board chairperson, and has over the years used…

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PSL champion, Zengeni, continues footballing journey at Costa Star Academy

PSL champion, Zengeni, continues footballing journey at Costa Star Academy

By Simbarashe Musaki FORMER Caps United FC attacking midfielder, Musset Zengeni was renowned for his long-range strikes and an ability to get past a cluster of defenders with ease and pace. He was often described by football pundits as a midfield elegant, dribbling wizard, and a good ball controller. On his day, he could not only dismantle the opposition with his trickery, but also easily boss the game with lively performances that left opponents chasing shadows. The BusinessConnect in its quest to enrich and nourish the country’s football vault as…

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‘Diminutive’ Mwale, a defender’s nightmare in his heydays

‘Diminutive’ Mwale, a defender’s nightmare in his heydays

By Simbarashe Musaki FORMER Zambian international player, Clive Mwale’s ability to find himself in a goal-scoring position, using his pace and vision to get in behind defenders made him popular among Zimbabwean coaches and played for the country’s big clubs, Dynamos FC and Caps United FC. He was an accurate finisher with his legs as well as the head, in his prime, and his prolific goal-scoring earned him a reputation as one of the most dangerous forwards in the game. Mwale, who is now based in his country of birth…

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Chawanda- Yesteryear legend who dreams big about Zimbabwe

Chawanda- Yesteryear legend who dreams big about Zimbabwe

By Simbarashe Musaki ZIMBABWE football legend, Ephraim Chawanda, who was the late Reinhard Fabisch’s trusted central defender during the Dream Team era, closed one chapter of his football career, the epic, decades-spanning story of him as a player on the same day he started a new one as a coach. The former Zimbabwe Saints FC determined player, Chawanda, was a hardworking player, who excels at intercepting loose balls and breaking down opposition plays due to his positional sense, defensive attributes, tackling, tactical intelligence, and ability to read the game. He…

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Madziva’s rise, testimony to his ability

Madziva’s rise, testimony to his ability

By Simbarashe Musaki FORMER Sporting Lions and Dynamos left-back, Francis Madziva popularly known as ‘Benz or Coach Carter’ was a rare talent who used to illuminate the local football fraternity and was arguably one of the nation’s brightest prospect, before suffering broken legs in an accident coming from a friendly match in Kwekwe. Refreshing the memories of some of our unsung football stars, The BusinessConnect traced Madziva to his Chitungwiza residents to find out his rise to stardom and how his football dreams were shattered on the floor, like broken…

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‘The Predator’, arguably the greatest midfielder of his era

‘The Predator’, arguably the greatest midfielder of his era

By Simbarashe Musaki Former Caps United FC and ZPC Kariba FC player, Pride Tafirenyika popularly known as ‘The Predator’ was a talented midfielder who marshalled the midfield like a general during his premier league playing days and you did not need to be his club’s fan then to appreciate that he was simply good. He is considered as one of the country’s finest midfielders and has often been debated by pundits as the greatest creative footballer of his era in the middle of the park. The incredibly brilliant, Tafirenyika was…

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Manjera gives back to the community, as Dreamers Academy thrives

Manjera gives back to the community, as Dreamers Academy thrives

By Simbarashe Musaki NATURALLY talented, hard-tackling, ball-winning defender with good technique, tactical versatility and ability to read the game aptly describes former Caps United FC centre back, Charles Manjera. His intense commitment and ruggedness as a defender, in particular, when challenging for the ball made him the coaches favourite during his prime. In chronicling his rise to stardom, Manjera said, he was born on January 14, 1983, and is the eldest son of Kismet and Charity Manjera. He attended ZRP Tomlinson Depot and Zengeza 4 Primary School before enrolling for…

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The dependable defensive shield – Meleka

The dependable defensive shield – Meleka

By Simbarashe Musaki Scintillating technical ability, unique qualities of holding up play, linking up well with teammates coupled with the ability to shoot accurate stinging shots suitably defines Zimbabwe international player Elvis Meleka. Meleka, a defensive midfielder with the heart of a lion who fought epic battles for every club he plays for rose from humble roots to become an international player and an ultimate defensive shield in the middle of the park. Popularly known as Tsano Elewu, Meleka was born on April 19, 1986, in Mbare and attended Chitsere,…

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Ngodzo – the shining beacon

Ngodzo – the shining beacon

By Simbarashe Musaki CONFIDENCE and trickery with the ball coupled by an unmatched close ball control and dribbling skills, as well as mesmerizing stepovers, were trademarks of former Zimbabwe national team and Highlanders attacking midfield star, Johannes Ngodzo. A quick talented and skilful playmaker then, Ngodzo is one of the football legends never meant to be forgotten as he is one of the ‘real’ football angels of immortality, automatically becoming a push factor for this publication to trace his rise to stardom and whereabouts. He was born on November 6,…

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Hall of Famer, Mkhokheli, reflects on illustrious career

Hall of Famer, Mkhokheli, reflects on illustrious career

By Simbarashe Musaki MKHOKHELI Dube’s pace, talent and an unmatched enthusiasm in front of goal propelled him through football ranks to become a darling of soccer fans in Zimbabwe and the United States of America, where he was inducted in Michigan Bucks Hall of Fame for his efforts for the Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. Without scratching the surface, The BusinessConnect hooked up with Mkhokheli Dube, popularly known as Mshoza/ Mkhoza, to dig up his rise to stardom Dube, a boyhood supporter of Highlanders FC was born on June 18,…

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