(Last Updated on March 17, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
Olympic Prospect Mapaya Breaks 23-Year-Old Record
Zimbabwe may be looking at the next torch bearer at the Olympics after triple jumper Chengetayi Mapaya broke a 1998 record at the Indoor Championships in America.
A leap of 16.95m was enough to see off former TCU triple jumper Mdhlongwa’s 1998 record. The young and talented sensation has since walked his talk to make the Olympics after breaking multiple records. Having been set-back by Corona virus, the former St Georges College starlet has shown a champion’s mentality of resistance and discipline to stay at the top of the game. It will take that and more to make it even though he has given many a reason to be hopeful. Mapaya is not the only one to have taken people’s attention as Tinotenda Matiyenga has also shown a great deal of potential to make the Olympics. In this instance, the two American based stars look capable of not only qualifying for Olympics but also bring medals that carry records back home. Years after the Golden girls raised the flag high, these two have brought light to a new era of athletes.
Will Patrice Motsepe be African Football’s saviour?
The Sundowns owner and Billionaire was recently elected as CAF President after being endorsed by Phillip Chiyangwa led COSAFA. The President elect vowed that ‘African Football will never be the same’ and with the understanding that he has already succeeded on many fronts, it may well be true. Patrice Motsepe has already nailed it as a business person having been the first black African on the Forbes list due to mineral business. This has shown his ability as a business person, something African Football can benefit from considering football is still a hobby in Africa while it has become an Industry in Europe. The marketing of clubs, brands and player scouting to create revenue has stood as a major factor in need for African football. The coming in of a football and business minded personnel has been a much needed move as the two cannot thrive without each other as shown in recent years. While clubs like Mnachester United and Real Madrid are losing millions on match-days due to football behind closed doors, it will be worth seeing what African clubs can make given the passion for the sport across the Continent. Motsepe is the owner of one of the most successful football clubs in recent years on both domestic and continental levels. The success the club has brought and caliber of players sold in and out of Africa speaks volumes about the administration within the club. It will be interesting to see how Motsepe brings all these and more qualities to African football at large to improve the continent’s football at global stages.
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