BULAWAYO – Highlanders and Zimbabwe international midfielder Peter “Rio” Moyo on Friday made a surprise appearance at his former school Magwegwe High’s speech and prize giving day where he donated prizes to students who were outstanding in the sport of football.
The 25-year-old footballer gave t-shirts, football boots and shin pads to Dylan Chiwamba and Sibusisiwe Ncube, who were selected as the school’s best footballers.
George Sithole, a member of the Magwegwe Old Students Association (Mosa), hailed the Bosso player’s kind gesture and urged other prominent former students of the school to follow suit.
“We are humbled by Rio’s willingness to partner with us in our efforts to give back to the school.
“It is our fervent hope that his actions will serve as encouragement to other prominent Magwegwe High School alumni to avail their time and efforts towards similar initiatives,” Sithole said.
The school, which is situated in New Magwegwe and caters for students from the suburbs of Pumula, Magwegwe and Lobengula, has spawned prominent sports personalities that include former Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwari and national cricket team bowler Chris Mpofu.
“Rio” Moyo told the Daily News that he had seen it fit to donate prizes to the school after being informed about the prize giving day by a member of the old students association.
“I was approached just a couple of days to the prize giving day by a representative of the former students body and I thought it would be nice to put in an appearance and provide some motivation to the students.
“God willing next year my contribution will be bigger because I will have had more time to prepare for the occasion,” Moyo said.
The dreadlocked midfielder is part of a Highlanders side that is in the running for a league and cup double as Bosso seeks to put to an end to a lengthy barren spell.
Highlanders will play against Buffaloes at Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo this afternoon in the quarter – final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup.
The two teams have met twice in the league this year with Highlanders emerging 3-0 winners at Barbourfields in the first match while the reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw in Mutare last weekend.