BULAWAYO – The Joshua Nkomo National Foundation has plans to organise a Joshua Nkomo Charity Shield football match in honour of the country’s late Vice President Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo.
Joshua Nkomo National Foundation chief executive officer Jabulani Hadebe said the match would feature the country’s biggest football teams Dynamos and Highlanders.
“We have plans to host a two legged encounter between Highlanders and Dynamos with the second leg set for December 22 at Barbourfields Stadium.
“At present I cannot give you the date for the first leg but this year the Joshua Nkomo Charity Shield will definitely be played and this is something that has been agreed in principle by all stakeholders,” Hadebe said.
December 22 is Unity Day in Zimbabwe and is a fitting day for the proposed tournament as the day marks the end of civil strife that rocked the country in the 80s.
Hadebe was speaking during the awards ceremony at the end of the inaugural Joshua Nkomo half marathon that was held last Sunday.
Blanket Mine’s Nkosiyazi Sibanda won the men’s race ahead of Wirimai Zhuwao of Shabanie Mine and independent athlete Elijah Mabhunu from Masvingo.
The women’s race was won by ZRP’s Olivia Chitate while second place went to independent athlete Faith Nyasango and another ZRP runner Helen Chiundo finished in third place.
After the race, Sibanda admitted that he had been wary of Zhuwao who he holds in high esteem.
“I am happy to have won the race but I thought Zhuwao was going to give me a tough time because he is one of the big guns in the local athletics circuit,” Sibanda said.
Zhuwao admitted that he had underestimated Sibanda but said his defeat was also due to injury.
“I tried to break away from him but he surged ahead and I could not keep up pace.
“I have been carrying a hamstring injury since last year and that contributed to my failure to challenge him but I am quite content with my performance considering that I was not fully fit,” Zhuwao said.
The race was organized by the Joshua Nkomo National Foundation and is part of their attempts to keep Nkomo’s legacy alive.