Some musicians who will take part in the Chipaz Bhora charity match at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday have applauded promoter Patson Chipaz Chimbodza for organising the social event.
Musicians and music promoters will play against soccer legends in the fourth edition of the annual event. Journalists from print media will face their counterparts from electronic media while Motor Action plays Caps United in curtain-raiser matches of the day.
Poet-cum-musician Albert Nyathi said the event is a unique initiative that unites artists and gives them a chance to interact with their fans at a social level.
When not on stage, we were used to meeting at sad events like funerals, but this is a noble initiative that has brought us together as musicians and soccer stars on a fascinating social platform, said Nyathi.
Nyathi was speaking at a luncheon held ahead of the match at Garwe Restaurant on Wednesday.
The luncheon was attended by musicians, music promoters, yesteryear soccer stars and journalists.
The event was a humorous one with Bob Nyabinde declaring he would be the headmaster at the football match.
Pastor Charles Charamba said the event is an important way of refreshing and fellowshipping as celebrities.
It is a blessing to have such an event. When we come together at such happy moments, it helps us unite as musicians and share ideas in a lighter way. We are grateful to the organisers for coming up with such an event, said Pastor Charamba.
In separate interviews away from the luncheon, other musicians also hailed the event.
Freddy Kapfupi Manjalima said : Chipaz has done something great. He needs everyones support and as a musician who came from a humble background I will support his cause for assisting those in need.
I applaud him because he has proved to be a concerned promoter, not only for big musicians, but for all artists.
Sungura musician Nicholas Zakaria said Chipaz is a responsible promoter and his gesture is a splendid example for fellow promoters and Zimbabweans at large.
It is everyones responsibility to support those in need. We must assist them and people must come in numbers to support the idea, said Zakaria.
Josh Hozheri, who spoke on behalf of Chipaz Promotions at the luncheon, expressed gratitude to Savanna Tobacco who are the major sponsors this year.
We are happy that we have managed to secure a reliable partner in Savanna Tobacco. They are the ones who have sponsored us with the football kits, said Hozheri.
Savanna Tobacco head of marketing Edmore Vhudzijena said:
Savanna Tobacco have chosen to partner with Chipaz Promotions in the 2012 edition of the benefit match pitting musicians and the yesteryear football greats.
We have been developing a partnership that is assisting many upcoming and popular musicians, some of whom are participating in this noble event.
Other partners for the event are Goldtech Electronics and Rooneys.
This years event is aimed at assisting Freddy Chimombe and junior soccer development.
It is also a potential thriller as there are more female participants like Fungisai ZvakavapanoMashavave, Diana Samkange and Sandra Ndebele among others.
Soccer legends like Peter Ndlovu, Agent Sawu, Rahman Gumbo, Moses Chunga, Willard Khumalo and Norman Mapeza are expected to take part.