Chawapiwa, Chipezeze, Chivaviro

CityPress - - Sport - DANIEL MOTHOWAGAE daniel.mothowagae@city­press.co.za

For the bet­ter part of his time in foot­ball, Baroka FC striker Ranga Chivaviro has of­ten been mis­taken by many for a non-South African.

The ar­rival of the Zim­bab­wean duo of Talent Chawapiwa and

Elvis Chipezeze at Bak­gaga Ba Mphahlele has made it ap­pear as though Chivaviro is in the good com­pany of fel­low coun­try­men.

Nev­er­the­less, the trio agrees that their last names have sprin­kled a good rhyme to the spine of the team, with Chipezeze in goal, Chawapiwa in mid­field and Chivaviro as striker.

“Some peo­ple think I am a for­eigner, but I was born in Lim­popo in Ga-Kga­pane,” chuck­led Chivaviro.

“My names are Shona and the Chivaviro sur­name has to do with my fa­ther’s Zim­bab­wean roots, but mum is muVenda. My sur­name means a place where kings gather for their meet­ings.”

In fact, Chivaviro re­vealed that his home lan­guage is Kh­elobedu, a di­alect that is widely spo­ken in the far north­ern parts of Lim­popo.

How­ever, he is mul­ti­lin­gual as he speaks flu­ent Se­pedi and isiZulu.

Chivaviro, who turns 26 next week, joined Baroka at the start of the cur­rent cam­paign from Na­tional First Divi­sion (NFD) side Ubuntu Cape Town af­ter he fin­ished as the Mother City club’s top scorer, with 13 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions.

He was also one of the key fig­ures in Ubuntu’s gi­ant-killing spree dur­ing last sea­son’s Ned­bank Cup.

How­ever, he has gone through a rather dry spell at Baroka, net­ting just once in 11 Absa Pre­mier­ship games be­fore this week­end’s fix­tures.

Chawapiwa and Chipezeze are proudly Zim­bab­wean, hav­ing al­ready earned their na­tional team colours. They re­gard Baroka as a home away from home.

“It’s al­ways good to be around your coun­try­men, work­ing to­gether in a for­eign coun­try,” said Chawapiwa, whose fam­ily name means gift.

The 26-year-old joined Baroka from FC Plat­inum in his home coun­try af­ter im­press­ing in Zim­babwe’s tri­umph of the Cosafa Cup last year.

Chawapiwa, who was not so long ago the tar­get of Mamelodi Sun­downs and Kaizer Chiefs, is part of the Zim­babwe War­riors squad that needs just a point to qual­ify for the Africa Cup of

Na­tions in Cameroon next year.

Zim­babwe will meet Liberia next Sun­day.

Mean­while, Chipezeze said he was work­ing hard to main­tain his stan­dard as one of the finest stop­pers in the re­gion since join­ing Baroka af­ter be­ing voted Zim­babwe’s goal­keeper of the year.

The 28-year-old is on a three-year con­tract at Baroka, fol­low­ing his move in March from the Zim­bab­wean out­fit Chicken Inn FC.

“So far, so good. I am en­joy­ing my time here. Talent has also helped me to set­tle quickly,” said Chipezeze, a reg­u­lar in goal.

The three “Ch(s)” are hop­ing their op­po­nents will rhyme with Baroka’s tune as Bak­gaga bid to move off the foot of the log.

PHO­TOS: PHILIP MAETA / GALLO IM­AGES

HOMEBOY Ranga Chivaviro was born in Lim­popo

TRUE TO HIS NAME Talent Chawapiwa has proven his worth

TOP STOP­PER Elvis Chipezeze’s sur­name is pop­u­lar in Bu­l­awayo, where he comes from

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