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After producing blood and sweat on the field of play during the course of the year, most sports personalities say they will be relaxing at home with their families during this festive season.

But others prefer to visit friends and relatives in and out of the country for holiday.

NewsDay spoke to a couple of sports personalities and some of them had amazing stories to share with the readers.

Hamilton Masakadza, Mountaineers and Zimbabwe cricket batsman

“I will be chilling (relaxing) at home with my family in Highfield. We are going there with my wife Vimbai to see our parents.

“We have no clear plans but we will obviously have some barbecue as a family”

Mkhuphali Masuku- Highlanders coach

“Christmas is a time when I want to rest. I will be going to my rural home. I will either go to Nkayi or Gwanda.”

Jacques Leitao – District Dragons and Zimbabwe Rugby Sevens (Cheetahs) captain

“After a good season with the Cheetahs I will be travelling to Kariba with my family for a good holiday.
“I’m going there with my mother-in-law and father-in-law together with my wife Kerry and my eight-month-old daughter Chloe.

“We will spend most of our time fishing. It is one of my favourite hobbies. After the festive season it’s back to work.”

Gibson Homela-Fifa instructor and former Zifa technical director

“I will be fishing in the Zambezi. I am used to that. I do that every year. When I am there, there is nothing else to do and I am under obligation to wake up every morning and go to the river.”

Allan Gahadzikwa – Motor Action midfielder and Soccer Star of the Year finalist

“I will be at home with my family in Glen View attending my brother’s wedding which will be held on Christmas Day.

“My brother is called Freeman and we are looking forward to a great wedding. It is a very refreshing festive season for me after winning the championship medal with my team.

“I’m looking forward to the new season and believe that we will be champions again. We will have a short rest because we will be playing in the African Champions League in January.”

Twine Phiri – Premier Soccer League board of governors chairman and Caps United owner
“I will be having a hectic holiday this festive season which will take me to three countries, namely Zambia, Malawi and France.

“I’m going to Zambia in Nchanga to reconnect with relatives there before going to Malawi to meet some more relatives. While in Malawi, I will visit Lake Malawi with my family before coming back home.

“I will wrap up the season with a visit to France where my daughter Malaika is studying for a degree in hotel management.”

Ngoni Makukula – National basketball coach
“The festive period is largely a time for the family and I’m no exception. I will be resting at home with the family, far from the madding crowd.”

Sean Ervine- Former Zimbabwe cricket all-rounder
“At the moment I’m enjoying my holiday and I hope to spend Christmas here at the farm in Mhangura and taking a break from cricket until after the holiday.

“It’s been nice to take a break and spend some time with the family which is different from the United Kingdom. There is so much snow in the UK at the moment so I like the weather here.”

Thamsanqa Dube-Zimbabwe’s heavyweight boxing champion

“I want to enjoy Christmas. I just want to be seated, relaxed at home and eating. I would love to eat a cake and do that as a family,” he said.

Dube seemed to love cake so much that he urged people not to forget buying it besides other foodstuffs.
Nelton Ndebele – top Zimbabwe sprinter

“Christmas is a time to get together with the family.
“When the athletics season starts I spend most of the time outside the country for maybe a year.
“So I will be with relatives and we will be braaing.”

Stanley Staddon, Tuskers chief executive officer

“I am spending Xmas at home with my son and grandson. I have been outside the country for four years. I really love this country.

“I will then travel to Victoria Falls on December 28 and will be back on January 2 but most of all I wish all the Zimbabweans a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year and hope things will improve in the sporting fraternity.”

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