The Herald (Harare)

22 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Tuku Returns

Superstar Oliver Mtukudzi returned home on Sunday ahead of the charity match at Rufaro Stadium this Saturday where musicians take on the football legends. Mtukudzi, or simply Tuku, performed sellout gigs in the United States backed by the Black Spirits.

The "Tozeza Baba" hitmaker said he was prepared for the crunch match and urged fans to come and support the cause.

"Well, the first thing is that the game is not all about winning, but what we get from that. We have to learn something from it and that is important," he said, adding: "We are going to give it our best."

Some three years back Tuku, who was the captain of the musicians' side, exchanged the armband with his late son Sam in what became his last match. Sam died in a car crash together with his longtime friend and sound engineer Owen Chimhare along the Harare-Bulawayo highway.

Today, Tuku is still the captain of the musicians' team and he says it is up to the fans to honour the late Sam if they wished.

Now in its sixth year, the Chipaz charity match brings together some of Zimbabwe's top musicians and football legends to raise money for musicians in need.

This year, Tedius Matsito will be afforded an opportunity to buy an artificial leg from part of the proceeds.

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