He personified virtues of good sportsmanship

HARARE - Good sportsmanship is highly revered in modern sports. It is what makes an athlete a role model.

This newspaper is committed to the promotion of sportsmanship, and to this end, this week we have honoured Monomotapa goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi as Star of the Week.

Not for his heroic performance between the posts, but for his exemplary conduct, albeit in the aftermath of a very unfortunate incident.  

Mukandi says words cannot describe how remorseful he feels for his part in the incident that injured Hwange forward Rodwell Chinyengetere in a Castle Premiership match on Saturday.

The Hwange captain, whose side lost 3-0 to Monoz, has since been ruled out for eight weeks following the terrible injury.

Chinyengetere is now doubtful for Zimbabwe’s crucial 2013 African Nations Cup final qualifier against Angola in Luanda next month.

Mukandi, who has handled himself maturely since the accident occurred, could hardly speak in an interview with Daily News yesterday.

“I know this is a difficult moment for Rodwell, I still haven’t come to terms with what happened. I just hope he gets well soon,” Mukandi said.

The Warriors forward suffered a double fracture on his right leg shin after colliding with the Monomotapa stopper 59 minutes into Saturday’s match at Rufaro Stadium.

An apologetic Mukandi frantically courted referee Batsirai Muchenje’s attention to bring play to a halt, but Muchenje took his time to stop play, much to the anger of Hwange coach Tenant Chilumba.

After the match, the former Pamushana High School pupil went into the Hwange dressing room to apologise for his part in the accident.

“I just want to apologise to Roddy, his club, its supporters and the Chinyengetere family for the unintentional collision that saw Roddy fracturing his shin,” Mukandi said.

On Sunday, the former Kiglon shot stopper visited Chinyengetere at the Avenues clinic.

“When I went to see him in hospital yesterday (Sunday) I told him how sorry I was. He said ‘it’s okay’ but I could tell deep down he must have been really frustrated,” Mukandi said.

“I also saw his family members. I just hope he gets well soon. These things just happen unexpectedly. I’m still hurting right now. I can’t describe the stress this whole thing has brought me,” said Mukandi, adding on to his words of apology.   

“Personally, I have always been a fan of Roddy. I have been following him very closely ever since he started playing for the Warriors and this was the first time I had actually played against him.

“I understand there were some South African clubs who were following his progress with keen interest. And now all this happens."

“It’s a difficult moment for Rodwell. I believe God is watching over him and I surely understand he is in control.”

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