#Sikhum­buzane goes vi­ral

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Worldwide - Bon­gani Ndlovu

A DAY after Zim­bab­weans com­mem­o­rated King Mzi­likazi’s death at Mh­lahlandlela on the out­skirts of Bu­l­awayo, the coun­try’s old­est foot­ball club High­landers com­pleted a mem­o­rable dou­ble over arch ri­vals Dy­namos at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium.

High­landers FC was founded in 1926 by King Loben­gula’s grand­sons, Al­bert and Rhodes, di­rect de­scen­dants of King Mzi­likazi, founder of the Nde­bele na­tion.

Just as King Mzi­likazi formed his king­dom by con­quer­ing other na­tions and in­te­grat­ing them into his king­dom, High­landers FC also prides it­self in em­brac­ing peo­ple of di­verse cul­tures, hence it’s called ithimu yelizwe lonke (team of the na­tion).

It is against this back­drop that Bosso fans from all walks of life this week ex­pressed their de­light about beat­ing Dy­namos on var­i­ous so­cial me­dia plat­forms, which they lit­tered with pic­tures, videos and memes prais­ing their team and lam­poon­ing their bit­ter foes.

World lead­ers such as South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and America’s Barack Obama were used to make fun of Dy­namos through hi­lar­i­ous memes.

“DeMbare nezvi­huta same same ku­naka (DeMbare and quail bird meat are the same, they are both de­li­cious),” read one meme that had SA pres­i­dent Zuma.”

An­other one that had Ma­hatma Ghandi read: “iDeMbare bakithi (Woe unto DeMbare).”

One that had a child hold­ing a cup as if say­ing: “MaDeMbare zve­league kan­gan­wai iyo ndiyo cup ya­muchasimudza gorerino (DeMbare fans for­get about the league, this is the only cup you will raise this year).”

A pop­u­lar meme de­picted chil­dren gig­gling with words added which said: “Se­sis­aba nokuh­leka, kozekuthwe sih­leka iDem­pare (We’re now afraid to laugh, as peo­ple will think we’re laugh­ing at DeMbare).”

Some also shared pic­tures of cel­e­bra­tions at Dr Joshua Nkomo’s statue at the in­ter­sec­tion of 8th Av­enue and Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Street in Bu­l­awayo.

Videos of fans cel­e­brat­ing all over the city, coun­try and other parts of the world were also shared show­ing what it meant to them to com­plete a league dou­ble over their neme­sis.

Bosso had last beaten DeMbare home and away in the league way back in 2006 and last Sun­day’s feat was sweet for their fol­low­ers. The vic­tory also co­in­cides with High­landers FC’s on­go­ing 90 years cel­e­bra­tions.

Yes­ter­day, some foot­ball fans on var­i­ous so­cial me­dia plat­forms even sug­gested that our sis­ter pa­per B-Metro’s ban­ner head­line should have read Mourn­ing after pill short­age after Bosso win in­stead of Morn­ing after pill short­age after Bosso win.

Other fans con­demned the me­dia for in­sin­u­at­ing that High­landers was a foot­ball team ex­clu­sively for one tribe.

This fol­lows the promi­nence given to a pic­ture of a de­ranged fan on the back page of a lead­ing news­pa­per at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium car­ry­ing a plac­ard in­scribed with tribal slurs.

Ex­press­ing their dis­plea­sure on Twit­ter and Face­book, fans ques­tioned why pic­tures of Bosso fans car­ry­ing nu­mer­ous ban­ners con­demn­ing trib­al­ism, hooli­gan­ism and vi­o­lence were not pre­ferred over the of­fen­sive mes­sage.

They warned that such se­lec­tive re­port­ing was dan­ger­ous and could un­in­ten­tion­ally in­sti­gate ex­actly the op­po­site of what the me­dia in­tended.

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