Makokoba honours prominent natives

BULAWAYO - Bulawayo’s oldest township of Makokoba will this Sunday host a six-team football tournament to honour its prominent sons and daughters, both living and departed.

A spokesperson for the organisers, Zenzo Moyo, said the initiative is part of their efforts to correct the stereotype that Makokoba is a place associated with crime and other social ills.

“We have a lot of people who have brought glory to this country whose roots can be traced back to Makokoba and this tournament is the first step towards celebrating their achievements,” the former Highlanders and Warriors striker said.

Some of the fallen heroes from the suburb who will be remembered at the weekend include football legends Lenny Gwata, Makheyi “Ninja” Nyathi, Adam Ndlovu and the recently deceased Mackenzie Sibanda.

From the arts, the late songbird and actress Beater Mangethe, Taurai Muswere and the legendary Mackey Tickeys’ contribution to the entertainment industry will be celebrated.

Moyo said the six teams that will take part in the football tournament are yet to be finalised but the draw for the tourney would take place before the weekend.

The tournament, which will be held at Makokoba’s 11th Street grounds, is likely to be well attended since there will be no Castle Premiership action in the city this weekend and most first division matches are played on Saturdays.