From Fio to Warsaw

HARARE - The Homes World Cup, a tournament for kids from children’s homes, ended in Poland at the weekend with one of Zimbabwe’s players, Blessing Muparu, getting an opportunity to play alongside Arsenal star Lukas Podolski and former Manchester United winger Quinton Fortune in a “World Team.”

“It was a life changing moment for him as he got to rub shoulders with so many greats in the game in which he gave a good account of himself,” said Kutting Edge’s Maimba Mapuranga, who travelled with the team to Polish capital Warsaw.  

“This is an inspirational story as we have alluded to all along that, that this trip offers these children who are disadvantaged and hardly ever noticed except when corporates and individuals want to seek mileage and they rush to donate perishable. Here is a story of young boys and girls standing head and shoulders with the cream dela cream of world football. These kids come from different parts of our country. Blessing is from Fio (Highfield) so from Fio to Warsaw is a story that we plan to ride on and inspire so many of our disadvantaged children to rise above their situations and conquer the world.

“Zimbabwe actually made a presence here, especially after we would sing "Zora Butter" after every goal scored. We taught so many teams how to Zora butter. We actually were asked to do it in front of the whole stadium on stage on the final ceremony! That’s what defines us as Zimbabweans. Our ability to capture and hold the attention of people!”

Mapuranga said of the two superstars:  “Quinton Fortune was particularly nice and surprisingly down to earth. Even Lukas went out of his way to call team Zimbabwe from the stands for a group photo.” - Sports Writer

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