HARARE – Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) board chairperson Tawengwa Mukuhlani says the death of international scorer Robina Muzunguzika is a big loss to the union as she was destined to have a bright future in the game.
Mzunguzika, who passed away on Tuesday morning at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals while in labour, was laid to rest at Mabvuku Cemetery yesterday. She was 28.
Speaking on the side lines of the funeral, Mukuhlani said: “It’s an unfortunate incident and we are sorry to the family and it’s a big loss to ZC as an organisation and the sport. She was young, hoping to start life like any other young person. She had what we believed was a bright future taking up a unique profession that ladies of her age would not have picked but we accept it with a heavy heart… it’s a sad moment, a sad day for us.
“It is very important and to see all the ZC cricket employees and officials that are here today it shows that we are one big family, we look out for each other, we stand for each other but it could be nicer to be in celebration than in mourning but unfortunately that’s the life we live and we find ourselves in this situation but for me it’s important to see everyone coming out in support of the family and in support of ZC at large.”
According to Muzunguzika’s sister Sarah, as a family they had hoped to celebrate the completion of her house in Eastview in November.
“It was a touching moment for me when I received a call that Robina had passed away but I still gathered strength to go and see her lifeless body 20 minutes after the incident,” she said.
“We all hoped that in November we would break the joyful news of her completed house but things took an unprecedented turn.”
Former football referee Alfred Msampha, an uncle to Muzunguzika, said the family was devastated by the loss.
“Like any parents we all holed up in the excitement of being grandparents, the expectations were high and the anxiety unbearable only to receive the news that both our daughter and her newly born baby failed to make it through,” Msampha said.
Friend and fellow ZC international scorer Nyarai Manyande said she had lost a sister.
“Being the only daughter in our family I was always thankful to God every day for bringing Robina into my life and I treated her as my young sister, it’s hard to believe you left without saying goodbye,” Manyande said.
Childhood friend and former scorer Lorraine Smoke was distraught.
“Growing up, our life was centred on cricket, Robina convinced us to take up the sport, we played together and later chose a career in scoring and it’s sad to lose her this way,” Smoke.