HARARE - It was sweet revenge for Vincent Kandiyero, who came second in the Gaborone Classics while his nemesis Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga settled for fourth place.
Kandiyero was dethroned from the Ironman crown in Kadoma in June by Chimuchenga, a decision the former holder described as controversial even though he accepted the verdict.
The build-up to the Botswana contest saw the two local hulks backing themselves up to perform well at a neutral venue and at the end of it all it was Kandiyero, nicknamed “Vince Cutter”, who had the last laugh.
“It was a very good contest and I believe I did my level best, given that it was my first time to perform outside the country,” Kandiyero told the Daily News.
“The people can only be the judges as to who deserved the Ironman title more, we spoke about it with Sugar and said this contest would put to rest what the result should have been back then.”
The Zimbabweans impressed in Botswana with five of them taking the top six positions with the exception of only the top prize. Upenyu Mahlaulo came third, Chimuchenga finished in fourth while Simbarashe Fero and Donald Maphosa took fifth and sixth place respectively.
“I think Sugar deserved number four, he wasn’t look as sharp as he often does but I was impressed with Upenyu, he really gave me a good run.
“I have two more contests this month, the Rossi Classics in South Africa and the Southern Africa Championships in Zambia and this will leave me with too little time to rest before Mr Zimbabwe hence I have decided to sit out of Musclemania Zimbabwe.”
Kandiyero finished in third place at last year’s Mr and Ms Musclemania and said he is motivated to sacrifice this championship in his quest to win his first Mr Zimbabwe title.