Sugar refines Young Sugar

HARARE - veteran bodybuilder Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga has pulled out of the Mr and Ms Zimbabwe contest opting to back his protégé Edward “Young Sugar” Mutero to win the title.

The Gweru bodybuilding godfather was not in his best shape when he finished third behind rookies at the Mr Ironman contest held earlier this year.

With this in mind and driven by his passion to unearth future champions from his Midlands Province, Chimuchenga told the Daily News he will be mentoring Mutero at the event to be held  on October 22 at the Harare International School.

“I have decided to take a back seat so that I can help groom some youngsters from this side of the country,” Chimuchenga said.

“It’s always important to roll out your succession plan so that the province is guaranteed of continuity when I finally call time on my career. We have new kids on the block but equally destructive on any stage in the mould of Paul Goredema and Mutero.

“All I can say is people are yet to see the best of Gweru and it’s going to be a tough battle for honours at Mr Zimbabwe.”

South African-based Mutero won the Mr Gweru title in 2010, 2011 and 2013 having come third in his maiden competition; the Muscle and Fitness Gweru in 2008.

In South Africa, he has also been able to win a number of titles which gives Chimuchenga confidence of his chances at the Mr and Mrs Zimbabwe contest.

Mutero won the Natural Bodybuilding show in Kimberly South Africa in 2012 and the following year he finished in second place at the Nabba Flex and Fight competition in Bloemfontein.

In 2014, he won the Welkom Classic in Free State and the Pretoria Rossi Classic.

This year alone, Mutero has already won the Mr Kathu Classic as well as the Northern Cape Provincials senior men U70kg.

The 29-year-old Mutero paid tribute to his trainer and look-alike Chimuchenga for moulding his bodybuilding career.

“I was inspired by my big brother Sugar when he won Mr Ironman Zimbabwe in 2008 and this was the year that I realised that bodybuilding is not all about winning but good for one’s health,” Mutero said from South Africa.

“I’m coming back to compete at home; my aim is not just to win but to raise my country’s flag in a good way as I’m preparing to compete at the Arnolds Classic Africa 2017 in South Africa where I’m currently working.”

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