9 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Zora Butter @ Rufaro!

Photo: Buanews
South African soccer fans playing vuvuzelas

THIS year's charity soccer match featuring Zimbabwe's top musicians and football legends is scheduled for January 26, at Rufaro Stadium. Dubbed "Bhora Umdlalo 2013",. the match boasts talented yesteryear football legends in the likes of John Phiri, Agent Sawu, Brenna Msiska, Gift Muzadzi, Angirai Chapo, Alois Bunjira, Willard Khumalo, Callisto Pasuwa, Norman Mapeza, George Rollo, Collins Kabote and Rahman Gumbo.

But spicing up the charity match will be the musicians, who will momentarily trade their guitars and microphones for football boots in a game that promises to be a blockbuster encounter.

Superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Leonard Zhakata, Victor Kunonga, Somandla Ndebele, Peter Moyo and Jah Prayzah will be out to delight their fans, albeit on the pitch and not on stage.

Since the inception of the charity match initiative, the musicians' side has never won against the football legends. But their resilience and determination always bring a smile on the faces of the multitudes of football fans who religiously attend the games.

Despite his much-publicised diabetic condition which slowed his performances towards the end of last year, Tuku as his fans know him, who is also the captain of the musicians' side, always turns up for the game and lasts for the whole 90 minutes.

Another showman is Alick Macheso, who despite squandering all the scoring chances that come his way, Cheso Power, as he is known by his fans, still remains a darling to many.

It is well and good that Cheso Power knows how to play his bass guitar, but when it comes to football, Macheso is a novice.

Surprisingly, his former mentor, Nicholas Zakaria, who is also on the line-up, plays better football than Cheso Power. The last time he played for the musicians' side Madzibaba aka Senior Lecturer, showed his wizardry with the ball and sent the crowd into a frenzy.

The same goes for Zhakata, who is slowly moving away from the stage to the pulpit.

The Zora music kingpin is a good football player who if given enough time to practise, may turn out to be a sought after player for various social teams as time and age has caught up with him to turn out for Premier League teams.

Samandla aka Mafia, is another talented player who is full of energy. He is a perfectionist on the field of play just like what he does with his music.

Afro-contemporarary singer Kunonga, who leads the Band Peace, is a fine player and commands the midfield and he is sure to give Rahman Gumbo a good run for his money.

Kunonga is known for giving soccer legends a hard time every time the two sides clash.

This year the musicians' side will also feature youthful stars in the likes of Winky D, Sniper Storm, Freeman, King Shaddy and Guspy Warrior, who are doing great in dancehall circles.

Although they compete musically, this time they will be required to pass the ball to each other and combine their efforts against the soccer legends.

As is always the case with Freddy "Kapfupi" Manjalima, the actor-cum-musician will bring the drama on the field of play with his antics.

The Chimbetus, Tryson and Sulu, as well as First Farai will add thrills to what may already be a scintillating line up.

Music promoters Partson "Chipaz" Chimbodza and Josh Hozheri will support the musicians' side.

It is not clear yet who will be the medic for the musicians, last year Sandra Ndebele did a great job by giving the much-needed therapy to her fellow musicians.

Chipaz, the organiser of the annual charity match, said: "We have organised the match with the aim of raising money to buy Tedius Matsito an artificial leg and the other proceeds will go towards junior football teams.

"We would like to urge everyone to come and support the event."

It will entertainment galore on January 26 at Rufaro Stadium with lots of performances by the artistes taking part in the match.

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