"Mbewe" sends warning to rivals

HARARE - Defending Mr Zimbabwe Champion “Mbewe” Chienderamwano says he is not really to let go of the crown he won last year.

Chienderamwano is vying to make it to Mr Zimbabwe titles in a row when he defends his crown this Saturday at the contest to be held at Harare International School on Mt Pleasant.

The Botswana-based athlete is high on confidence after he successfully defended his Musclemania Zimbabwe title last weekend.

“I am excited at winning the Musclemania Zimbabwe title and that puts me in a positive frame of mind heading into the most prestigious contest on Saturday,” Chienderamwano told the Daily News yesterday.

“Like I have always said; I compete against myself. I don’t really look at the other athletes on stage what they bring on the podium, I don’t mind because I have done enough work in the gym to retain my title.”

Chienderamwano will however, face resistance from former Mr Ironman Vincent “Cutter” Kandiyero, who took a back seat during the Musclemania contest to concentrate on the Mr Zimbabwe event.

Kandiyero’s road to the final show of the year has been a pleasing one.

The Profitness Gym athlete came second at the Gaborone Classics in Botswana last month and won his division at the inaugural Southern Africa Championships in Zambia recently.

His only regret was losing the Ironman title to nemesis Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga in Kadoma last June.

“I’m focused on wining the Mr Zimbabwe title, after winning the first edition of Musclemania in 2011 I opted out of last weekend’s contest to concentrate on this show,” said Kandiyero.

The other bodybuilders to watch include the returning George Munyoro, Chimuchenga, Upenyu Mahlaulo, Eddie Marondere, Paul Goredema, Brighton and John Mazaikana among other athletes.

Since the contest was established in 1980, intriguing battles have been fought on the stage with 15 different bodybuilders winning the title so far.

Nigel Bothwell, the former Rhodesia and South African champion, broke the ice by winning the maiden Mr Zimbabwe title.

However, the legendary Innocent Choga is undoubtedly one of the greatest bodybuilders the country has ever produced after winning the Mr Zimbabwe contest on a record six times.

The humble giant won his first title in 1987 before taking a break the following year only to return on the stage to win the title in 1989 and 1990.

Choga went on to win the Mr Zimbabwe title in 1992, 94 and 95 to seal his place in the sport’s Hall of Fame.

George Takundwa and Givemore Marume have also dominated the competition by winning four Mr Zimbabwe titles each.

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