Chipinge duo receives scholarships


CHIPINGE never ceases to amaze in the field of sport. Just a few days when the district was celebrating the awarding of Upenyu Kelly Muyambo as the Players’ Player of the Year at the Zimbabwe National Netball Team, two other boys are in the news.

Mutare Rugby Board secured places for two rugby players at Churchill High School on full scholarship for the next 6 years if they wish to do so. Tanatswa Chimuriwo, who was a Grade 7 student at Chipinge Junior School and T. Mazengwa initially, received the offer.

Mazengwa had his own plans and withdrew. As a result, another boy from Chipinge, Gershom Munhundiani filled in for Mazengwa. He also got the 6 year scholarship to pursue his academics and rugby at Churchill High school.

Tanatswa and Mazengwa standing

This follows his being spotted by Mukoma Prayer Chitenderu at the National Association of Primary Heads (NAPH) Rugby Finals which were held in Harare recently. Thanks to the local coaches from Chipinge Junior School, coach Blessing Chaongora from Dangamvura Primary School and coach Roy Mudehwe.

Speaking to this publication, the chairperson of Manicaland Rugby Board, Moss Kapumha said the province is marveling in Tanatswa’s development.

“As Manicaland Rugby Board we would like to say congratulations to the young sensation. It has been a journey. When I went to Chipinge for the first the Chirinda Forest 7s Rugby Tournament, I had a chance to meet his parents.

Tanatswa (with a hat) with his parents and siblings in Chipinge when they came to watch the Chirinda Forest 7s at Chipinge Junior School

“The conversation started then about Rugby scholarships the rest is history. A great thank you goes to Mukoma Prayer, Pastor Creg, Mr Chimonyo and the parents for keeping me on my toes as far as trying to get something for Tanatswa.

“Rugby has changed this young Tanatswa’s life from Chipinge to one of the Top Rugby playing schools in Zimbabwe. I know he is in good hands I see coach Madhake, Mukoma Prayer and Pastor Creg will also pray for this young talent and mind. As Manicaland, we are looking after our own. We can do more for the development of Rugby in the province. Asante Sana,” he said.

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