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A no nonsense Matemera in one of his international assignments

Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Assistant Inspector, Norman Matemera, and Sergeant Major, Luckson Mhara, capped a stellar 2018 football season with flying colours as they were voted Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Referee (CLPSL) and Assistant Referee of the year 2018, respectively.

Matemera, who is the only Zimbabwean referee currently on CAF Elite B panel, was voted the 2018 CLPSL Referee of the year for the first time in his career.

Matemera recently shot to fame for turning down a $USD 10 000 bribe to fix a Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederations Cup game between Deportivo Niefang of Equatorial Guinea and Williamsville AC of Ivory Coast on April 18, 2018 in Equatorial Guinea.

The referee lodged a report to Africa’s football governing body, Confederation of African Football (CAF) also accused the Match Commissioner of coercing him to take the bribe.

Deportivo Niafeng, who won the match in question 2-1, crashed out of the competition on a 3-2 aggregate loss having initially lost 2-0 to the Ivorians in their first leg.

Matemera’s rare ethics earned him headlines across the continent for the abject shenanigans for which he was awarded a whopping US$5000 for the show in his home country by former Zimbabwe Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister, Cde Obert Mpofu, Permanent Secretary of Home Affairs, Mr Melusi Matshiya and Commissioner General of Police, Godwin Matanga.  

Matemera had been promoted to the CAF Elite B panel a year before, in 2017, at a course held in Cameroon.

He is the only centre man among three Zimbabwean referees on the CAF Elite B panel, the level which allows him to handle any other CAF matches except Africa Cup of Nations matches which need members of the CAF Elite A panel. The other two Zimbabwean referees on the same level with Matemera are Assistant Referee, Thomas Kusosa, and the recently promoted lady centre referee, Mercy Mayimbo.

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One of Zimbabwe Republic Police’s top athlete, Luckson Mhara capped 2017 on a high note after being voted the second referee runner up at the Castle Premier Soccer League Awards held in Harare recently.

Mhara, a Sergeant Major stationed at Harare Central Business District (CBD) Traffic Section was ecstatic about the win but was quick to point out that he is aiming to be the best referee in the country.

“I am happy for the achievement, but my main aim is to improve and scoop better awards in the next season,” he said.

During the just ended season Mhara officiated four international matches. These are Supersport United of South Africa versus Elgeco Plus of Madagascar, Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland versus Platinum Stars of South Africa and Royal United of Rwanda versus Rivers United of Nigeria.

He also presided over two international friendly matches, Zimbabwe versus Zambia and South Africa versus Zambia.

In local premiership, he was also the arbitrator in matches between Dynamos and Caps United and the Chibuku Super Cup Final featuring Harare City and How Mine.

Mhara, who is a Class 1 FIFA Referee and one of ZRP’s brand ambassadors, started refereeing in 2006

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ZRP Harare Province Football Club coach, Constable Genesis Mangombe aka Kaka, has became the first Confederation of African Football (CAF) A Licence holder in the Zimbabwe Republic Police football history.

Mangombe was among 30 local coaches who completed the two-week long course which was held at the ZIFA Village in February this year.

This milestone comes after the African Football governing board, CAF made it mandatory for elite coaches to be equipped with modern techniques that assist in transforming football.

For Mangombe, this is only the ‘genesis’ of greater things to come as he hopes to be internationally recognised.

He is now suitable to sit on the coaching bench in the premiership league following new regulations made by ZIFA that only those with the CAF A Licences are eligible.

Despite outcries over CAF fees for the CAF A Licence by many coaches, he had to part with more than $1000 to embark on the programme.

Mangombe was recently appointed football head coach for ZRP Team Zimbabwe in the upcoming Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation(SARPCCO) Games to be held in Lesotho later this year. He is also expected to be unveiled as the head coach for ZRP FC any time soon.

Mangombe said he was very excited for the achievement.

“Being a holder of the CAF A Licence makes me feel honoured and it is a dream come true. It is the love of football that keeps me motivated into achieving such qualifications. I hope to transform football in the organisation with the vast knowledge I have acquired,” he said.

Mangombe was attested into the ZRP in 2005 and became Black Mambas (now ZRP FC) captain. He then retired from the team after a knee injury in 2010. During the same year he attained CAF C and CAF B Coaching Licences.

  

Carnisius ‘Kanavara’ Nyamutsida of Mr Pace Athletics Club and Rudo Mhonderwa of Power House Athletics Club are the winners of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, 2017 Commissioner General of Police 21 Kilometre Road Race which was recently held in Chitungwiza.

The annual race which was held at its traditional venue at Chitungwiza Town Centre attracted 192 athletes -154 males and 38 females - from different clubs and individuals across the country to compete in the event.

It was Kanavara who won it in the men’s category finishing the race in 1.04.12sec shrugging off competition from International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships bound Millen Matende who came second in1.04.58sec. Jacob Mugomeri of Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services had to come third after completing the race in 1.04.54sec.

There was no place for another fierce contender Misheck Sithole who is last year’s edition’s first runner-up and 2017 Tanganda Half Marathon Winner who limped off after pulling a muscle at the start of the race.

Unlike in 2016 where police athletes found the going tough with only one finishing in the top 10, this year’s race saw three police athletes among the winners. Despite competing with a nagging injury, Trust Chidomaya managed fourth position in 1.06.01sec while other police athletes Munyaradzi Jari and Elijah Mabhunu completed the race in 8th and 10th position respectively.

In the ladies category, a new champion was crowned in the name of Rudo Mhonderwa. She won the race 1.15.40sec ahead of Bertha Chikanga of Mr Pace Athletics Club who finished second in 1.16.52 sec.

ZRP’s Olivia Mugove Chitate finished third in 1.17.46sec while her other teammates  Tryphine Picardo and Philippa Dube  took 7th and 10th position in a time of 1.22.17sec and 1.27.29 respectively. Last year’s winner Constance Nyasango did not participate due to an injury.

Veteran athletes and never aging Tabitha Tsatsa and Samukheliso Moyo also completed the race in the top 10 after they took 8th and 9th position respectively.

Trust Chidomaya, Munyaradzi Jari and Elijah Mabhunu conquered in the ZRP Men Open Category while in the women category Olivia Chitate, Tryphine Picardo and Philippa Dube also won prizes in the same order.

In the Wheelchair (men) Category Elford Moyo clinched first prize in 1.03.12sec while Bangajena Margret was first among women to cross the finishing line.

In Grand Masters 60+ female category Jane Kaseke (mother to ZRP’s Melody Kaseke) finished first, Winnet Pawo finishing second and third position was Agnes Mukwezalamba.

Winners walked with cash prizes.

Commissioner Nonkosi Ncube who was standing in for guest of honour Commissioner General of Police, Cde, Dr Augustine Chihuri applauded the event’s all weather sponsor, Old Mutual for their support and enjoined other stakeholders to partner the ZRP in sports.

“…I would want to appeal to other corporate stakeholders to emulate the wonderful work being done by Old Mutual in partnering the promotion of sporting programmes and other activities for the benefit of our communities,” he said.

 

Carnisius ‘Kanavara’ Nyamutsida 

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