HARARE – Zimbabwe Cricket-contracted Grade B international scorer Robina Muzunguzika has died. She was 28.
Muzunguzika passed away yesterday while giving birth to her first child. Sadly, both mother and child did not make it.
A former Mabvuku Cricket Club ladies team player, Muzunguzika also made it into the provincial squad for Mashonaland Eagles in 2009-2010 but her playing career was cut short after she was contracted on the scorers’ panel.
A cricket scorer is essentially a data capture who keeps track of all the ball-by-ball facts during a match.
At the time of her death, Muzunguzika was one of the leading scorers at ZC for all domestic and international matches.
ZC manager (game development and domestic cricket) Bond Nayato said her death is a great loss to the game.
“She was a dedicated and competent scorer; great loss to the department and ZC. She was one of the three contracted international scorers, a Grade B on paper but practically an A Grade official and was meant to sit for her A Grade exam this year,” Nayato told the Daily News.
Muzunguzika’s childhood friend and former Mashonaland provincial scorer Lorraine Antonio Nehonde, who is now based in Botswana, was devastated by the news.
“Robina and I came a very long way since 2001 when we met at Mabvuku High School. She was my classmate,” she said.
“We started playing together the three of us Robina, Lorraine Smoke and I and we grew closer as we joined her in playing cricket at school.
“She taught us so many things. After some years, we were all selected to play for Mashonaland Province.
“We were also scorers but Robina was the best scorer in Mabvuku; she started scoring for provinces and internationals and I remember she used to teach me linear scoring and that’s how I became a good scorer.”
Nehonde said she had lost more than a friend after the death of Muzunguzika.
“After high school, our friendship didn’t just end there we became more than friends like sisters the three of us and it hurts today that she’s gone while playing a part we have all longed for that of being a mother and wife,” she said.
“The last time I spoke to her she wanted to visit me in Botswana and now it’s not going to happen anymore. Robina was more than a friend and it’s so sad to lose her like this we are all in deep pain. We will never forget her.”
At the time of her death, Muzunguzika was staying at her own newly-built house in East View just outside Mabvuku.
Mourners are gathered at her parents’ home at 29 Gowo Street Mabvuku near Simudzai Primary School.