T20 tourney in memory of 'Manager'

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Cricket fraternity will hold a memorial Twenty20 tournament at Takashinga Sports Club next week in honour of the late cheerleader Clement ‘Manager’ Masendeke, who passed away last month.

Masendeke was well known by local cricket followers for his passion for the game and outspoken nature.

He died at Harare Hospital on November 15, just 17 days before his 25th birthday. He was laid to rest at Amaveni Cemetery in his home area of Kwekwe.

Cricket enthusiast and former player John Makuwalo, who first came up with the idea of the memorial tournament, said the response has been overwhelming.

“We felt that Clement lived an exemplary life as a number one fan, a life worthy celebrating and decided to come up with this shorter version tournament to commemorate and celebrate his life,” said Makuwalo.

“The tournament will be played over two legs, one in Harare and we are pleased that of all the established clubs that we approached, Takashinga offered their facility at no cost and will host the first encounter. The second leg will be played in Kwekwe during the actual memorial service for Clement and we still waiting to get the date from the Masendeke family.”

Chenai Masendeke, Clement’s only sister, said she was humbled by the gesture.

“This means a lot to us and to my late brother and wherever he is I believe he is happy to be remembered in such a big way,” said Chenai.

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