'Mbewe deserved Musclemania title'

HARARE – It goes without say that Zimbabwean born Champion “Mbewe” Chienderamwano based in Botswana drove home in a brand new VW Polo vehicle after being crowned Mr Musclemania 2013 in a fiercely contested battle at Ochi City on Saturday.

Those who watched the morning prejudge show at the Scorpion Gym in Queesndale and decided not to come for the evening show may be forgiven for thinking that something went wrong.

And for those that attended the evening show only held at Ochi City will also not understand why those who attended only the morning show are shocked.

It is only those who said that Saturday, August 10,  2013, I must do nothing but watch the show from start to end who can be in a position to explain what really transpired. And even if I had not attended the evening show I will also have been shocked. Such is the beauty of bodybuilding.

I am talking about the show that reminds me of the Uefa Champions League final between English giants Manchester United and Bayern Munich, German powerhouse at Camp Nou in 1999 when Mario Basler put Bayern Munich in front through a tricky free kick that gave Peter Schemeichel no chance.

When the scribes were beginning to write the name Bayern Munich on the trophy they were forced to write otherwise.

This is the show that reminded me of the movie trends where one rises from the dead to claim heroism.

I am trying to analyse a show that emphasised that all is not over until it is over. After all who said bodybuilding is dead in Zimbabwe?

This is the day that marked the toughest day for the judges who are used to separating two guys but this time they were four and all of them had what it takes to challenge for the first prize.

Vincent Kandiyero was awesome so was Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga, Champion “Mbewe” Chienderamwano and Victor “The Beast” Hungwe.

In the morning everyone including those who are not familiar with bodybuilding gave Hungwe a chance; thanks to the organised fan base that rallied behind him from morning until around 1 am in the morning when Chienderamwano came in with a totally different physique to the one he paraded at Queensdale Sports Club in the morning.

Earlier in the morning Chienderamwano was a bit faint but this time his front was top drawer again and with some improvements made at the back he was now a serious threat and every neutral started shouting, “this is a tough show indeed.”

The Beast, Hungwe has all the proportions which is why he has been in top three of every competition that he has participated in for five straight years.

You remember Chenai Mabwere versus Tarirai Chirume in 2008 when the later shocked everyone at the then Sheraton in 2008 only for Mabwere to rearrange the statistics at the Cathedral in Gweru, 7 days later.

That is very possible if anyone can arrange a major show in 7 days.

This time anyone between Kandiyero, Chimuchenga and Hungwe can repeat what Mabwere did in 2008 not because the judges will want to spread trophies but because people must understand that there is no more difference among about six guys in Zimbabwe right now showing the growth of the sport in recent years.

In management they call it esprite de corps meaning team spirit. This is what I refer to as good going. Firstly I want to say well done to the National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF),

Harare Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (Habbfa), Commissioner Oliver Chibage, custodian and holder of Musclemania and Tofara Moyo the coordinator of the contest.

That kind of spirit must continue as we try to revive the Innocent Chogas, Grant Hendersons and the Vaughn Carls of this generation.

We will get there as one and we will achieve as one. Together we stand and divided we fall.

In conclusion I want to congratulate Champion “Mbewe” Chienderamwano for winning Musclemania Zimbabwe 2013.

Since my idol is King Kamali who says it as it is, “be warned that you are not guaranteed to win Mr Zimbabwe 2013 because you are the current Musclemania Champion, the judges gives the title to the best man on the day.”

* Quiet Shangai is a bodybuilding analyst and statistician; he is in the Habbfa communications department and was also on the panel of judges at the just ended Musclemania 2013.

Comments (2)

Shangai u are writing nonsense man, what happened at Musclemania 2013

muteki - 14 August 2013

Mr/Mrs writer, how do you explain this "Earlier in the morning Chienderamwano was a bit faint but this time his front was top drawer again and with some improvements made at the back he was now a serious threat" Are you trying to tell us that this guy went back to the gym after the morning prejudge show and gained more muscle, because from my understanding as an athlete too, you cant gain in just few ours. It takes days, months to prepare. Maybe if you are trying to tell us that at prejudging he wasn't revealing most of his muscles.

Muscleman - 16 August 2013

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