Amidu brings stars to Glen Norah

HARARE - Zimbabwe international forward Abbas Amidu and his young brother Bret will on Christmas Eve hold an eight-team tournament in Glen Norah as a way of thanking the community which gave them the path to stardom.

The two footballers are sons to former Dynamos and Arcadia United midfielder Hussein ‘Ninja’ Amidu who also had a short stint at South African giants Kaizer Chiefs during his successful career as a topflight footballer.

Abbas is currently plying his trade at South Africa’s Black Leopards.

He told the Daily News that the tournament as is part of a family initiative meant to give back to the community.

Speaking from South Africa yesterday, Amidu said they wanted to share the little they have with family and friends and say thank you to Glen Norah for the support they have given them over the years as they struggled to launch their careers.

"My brother and I agreed that we have to give something to the community since we are role models for some of the upcoming stars. We have secured 200 T-shirts to give to the community and personally I am going to buy a brand new puma branded soccer kit for the local team," said Amidu.

Some of the teams that are going to be participating in the tournament include a select side from Mufakose led by Abbas' fellow Aces Academy graduate Khama Billat, a Highfield-based side fronted by former national team captain Tapuwa Kapini and Bidvest Wits' Denver Mukamba.

Abbas revealed that Warriors captain and University of Pretoria defender Partson Jaure will lead another side from Harare's high density suburb of Budiriro, while Leopards teammate Thomas Sweswe, Libya-based Edward Sadomba, Archieford Gutu and Eric Chipeta will lead a cast from Mbare.

Former Harare City wideman Silas Songani, now turning out for Danish top-flight club SønderjyskE will be coming with a side from Dzivaresekwa, while Amidu's manager Edzai Kasinauyo and Joel Lupahla  will lead a Zimbabwe Legends side and Glen Norah-born stars like Tinashe Nengomasha, Dynamos fledgling star Bret Amidu, Kaizer Chiefs' Kingston Nkhatha will lead their local side.

The former Kaizer Chiefs forward also said he would have wanted to have ex-teammate Knowledge Musona, but the Warriors star is unavailable due to club commitments.

"It would have been nice to have him (Musona) around but, he has just joined a new club in Belgium, so he is unavailable, if it wasn't for that he would have brought a team from Norton," Abbas told the Daily News.

Musona joined Belgian Pro League outfit KV Oostende this week, ending his frustrating three-and-a-half years stay with Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim.

Glen Norah is well known for producing gifted footballers who include Mike Temwanjira, Dickson Choto, Nengomasha, Nkhatha, the Amidu brothers, Washington Pakamisa, Misheck Mburayi and Zondai Nyaungwa.

The sprawling suburb also produced yesteryear heroes, both living and late, such as Shacky Tauro, Friday Phiri, Charles Sibanda, Basil Chisopo, Oscar Motsi, Tidings Keta, Edwin Farai, Smart and Passmore Mukwena, Kudzanai Taruvinga, Charles Mukandi and George Mandizvidza.

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