Mu­pasiri adopts 'son'

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Sports Re­porter

THE sports pic­ture of the week was prob­a­bly that of a young boy wear­ing a tat­tered shirt in­scribed “Mu­pasiri 7” on the back as he met his hero, Farai Mu­pasiri, af­ter Sha­banie Mine’s 0-2 loss to FC Plat­inum at Man­dava.

That Ko­dak mo­ment is the source of in­spi­ra­tion for Mu­pasiri ahead of Sha­banie Mine’s Chibuku Su­per Cup semi-fi­nal soc­cer match against How Mine at Bar­bour­fields this af­ter­noon.

Bulawayo City host fel­low mu­nic­i­pal side Harare City in the other semi, to com­plete a rare Chibuku Cup dou­ble header at Emagu­meni.

But the Man­dava mo­ment — which re­minded the foot­ball world of the Afghan boy who be­came an on­line hit af­ter wear­ing a home­made “shirt” bear­ing Lionel Messi’s fa­mous num­ber 10 — has kept the lo­cal foot­ball fra­ter­nity talk­ing.

Five-year-old Mur­taza Ah­madi from Afghanistan got a signed Ar­gentina jersey from Messi, and Ton­gai Dube of Zvisha­vane will also en­joy some lux­u­ries from the Mu­pasiri fam­ily.

“That was a touch­ing mo­ment and as a fam­ily we are go­ing to look af­ter that child. We will take care of his school fees, spruce him up and make his dreams come true,” Mu­pasiri’s mother, Agnes, told The Sun­day Mail Sport yes­ter­day.

In­for­ma­tion gath­ered by this pub­li­ca­tion shows the boy is a Grade Six pupil at Boromokwa Pri­mary School and is a res­i­dent of Man­dava.

“I love this game a lot and that is why I fol­low my boys wher­ever they play. It is that same love that has pushed us as a fam­ily to take care of this boy,” said Agnes Mu­pasiri.

Sha­banie Mine face How Mine in a Chibuku Su­per Cup semi-fi­nal match with fond mem­o­ries of 2013 when they bagged the BancABC Su­per8 Cup at the ex­pense of ri­vals FC Plat­inum.

The mon­e­tary ben­e­fits, to a club reel­ing fi­nan­cially, are the driv­ing force be­hind Bvaru Bvaru’s quest for glory.

Also, Sha­banie Mine coach Takesure Chi­ragwi wants to be kn­won as the man who led the Zvisha­vane side into the Caf Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup.

“Apart from rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try in Africa, the mon­e­tary ben­e­fits of the cup are a driv­ing force for the team and hence we are geared for the match,” said the 34-year-old coach Chi­ragwi.

“But at the end of the day we have to bal­ance the two — win­ning the cup and fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion. It’s not easy for us as a team to be play­ing such a num­ber of games within a short pe­riod of time, and if you look at the sit­u­a­tion now it’s a bit tricky as we have to con­tinue with the good run in the tour­na­ment while also there is need for us to fight for sur­vival in the league.”

In the other match, Harare City will be hop­ing to sus­tain their dom­i­nance in the Chibuku Su­per Cup, a tour­na­ment in which they have reached the last four since its rein­tro­duc­tion in 2014.

They face a Bulawayo City side whose strike force is spear­headed by the underrated Ish­mael Wadi.

It was a hearty mo­ment when young Ton­gai Dube met his idol Farai Mu­pasiri af­ter Sha­banie Mine’s 0-2 de­feat to ri­vals FC Plat­inum at Man­dava last Wed­nes­day.

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