Ndumiso Dlodlo on cloud nine

HARARE - Ndumiso Dlodlo is over the moon after clinching the overall title at the Zimbabwe National Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships at 7 Arts Theatre in Harare, at the weekend.

Formerly known as the Mr Zimbabwe contest, organisers decided to change the name of the competition in order to move in line with worldwide standards.  

The South Africa-based Dlodlo had earlier on won the bodybuilding middleweight category before going on to upset defending champion Paul Goredema and three-time Mr Zimbabwe winner Champion Chienderamwano.

“I’m clearly happy; I have been waiting for this moment for a long time. I tried to work as hard as I can thanks to all my supporters,” an ecstatic Dlodlo said after his victory.

“I have so much support from Harare, Bulawayo and my friends from South Africa and not forgetting God almighty the one who gives us the power to do everything and without Him you can’t go anywhere; you can’t do anything.”

The 34-year-old fitness trainer, who sometime does VIP protection jobs in South Africa, paid tribute to Chienderamwano and Goredema.

“Those (Chienderamwano and Goredema) are the guys who always give us the challenge; they work so hard in pushing us to work even harder because if you are always thinking about them you will always train hard,” Dlodlo said.

Although he lost the title he won last year, Goredema was gracious in defeat.

“No hard feelings; well it was just a start but I’m focusing on the Arnold Classics from now on but it was a good competition,” Goredema said.

“There was that focus on my category not on the overall and in the overall there were other competitors who were as good, Ndumiso won it; he deserved it, well done to him.

“The rivalry between me and Champion was just a myth with people having to talk about his coming back during my reign but the only fact which still remains is that I was Mr Zimbabwe 2016 and they can’t take that away from me.”

On the other hand, Chienderamwano welcomed Dlodlo’s victory but took a swipe at the judges, whom he accused of having a personal vendetta against him.

“I am cool with the results; job well done,” Chienderamwano said before going on to quote former New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig, who was a household name in the Baseball Major League in the 1920s.

“I love to win; but I love to lose almost as much. I love the thrill of victory, and I also love the challenge of defeat.”

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