HARARE - After years of playing second fiddle to Zimdancehall, sungura finally got the better of the former, albeit on the soccer field.
Sungura artistes ganged-up with musicians from other music genres and beat a team made up of Zimdancehall artistes 5-3 in a hilarious game sponsored by Savanna Tobacco.
Upcoming gospel musician Nicholas Chirunga, a former member of Mathias Mhere’s Saints of God scored a hat-trick, with Utakataka front man Peter “Young Igwe” Moyo and gospel hip-hop artiste Mudiwa weighing in with a goal each in the charity football match dubbed “Chatsva NePacific” held on Saturday at Gwanzura Stadium.
Ndini Uya Uya singer Soul Jah Love scored for the Zimdancehall team along with Vokal with the third goal being an own goal.
The victorious sungura team featured musicians such as Jah Prayzah, Romeo Gasa, Tryson Chimbetu and Afro-fusion star Victor Kunonga.
Sungura icon Alick Macheso led the sungura team’s technical team with the assistance of dendera star Suluman Chimbetu, gospel star Charles Charamba and sungura musician First Farai. Music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi was the sungura team manager.
Soul Jah love, who attracted the noisiest ovation when he got onto the football pitch, led a Zimdancehall team that included Killer T, Tocky Vibes, Shinsoman, King Shaddy, Kinnah, Jay Cee and Cello Culture while Godfather Templeman was the gaffer.
With controversial dancer Bev being the medic during the match, it was not surprising that most artistes on the field of play regularly “feigned” injuries in a bid to gain the “medical” attention of the feisty dancer.
Sungura head coach Macheso hailed his team for dominating the charity match from start to finish.
“I am very happy that we taught these youngsters a lesson. But let me say events of this nature are healthy as they promote unity and love among artistes from all genres.
“We are happy because proceeds from this match will be donated to charity,” said the Tafadzwa hit-maker.
Gospel star Charamba joked that they scored an own goal because the Zimdancehall team was not good enough to score many goals against the star-studded sungura team.
“We fasted for months as Team Sungura and today we have thrashed Team Zimdancehall. These youngsters were struggling to score goals so in the spirit of charity, we donated them a goal,” joked the Buruka singer.
On the other hand, the Zimdancehall team coach Templeman praised the efforts of his team despite the loss.
“It was just not our day. The boys played very well but we missed our chances. If we had converted the chances we created, we could easily have won,” he said.