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Christmas diaries for sports personalities


CHRISTMAS is a day when most people around the world shift focus from their day-to-day activities and spend the day with their families and loved ones as a way of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.


In Zimbabwe, for some, it will be time to visit family and relatives in the rural areas after a whole year in the cities.

NewsDay Sport spoke to different Zimbabwean sports personalities to find out what they will be doing tomorrow.

Harare City striker Martin Vengesai, who was last week named the club’s Players’ Player of the Year, said: “I will be travelling to Masvingo to celebrate Christmas with my family and friends after a very busy season.

“Will also be celebrating the fact that we managed to survive relegation and we will be playing in the Premiership again next season,” said the former Dynamos speedy striker.

Zimbabwean professional golfer Ryan Cairns said he would be spending Christmas with his family but was, however, quick to add that he would be back to work soon afterwards as he starts preparations for the South African Open Championship.

“I’m spending it with my family in Harare. Traditional Xmas lunch and probably followed by a sing along with the guitar afterwards,” said Cairns, who is also a musician.

“After that it’s back to work getting ready for the SA Open, January 8-11,” he said.

Dynamos midfielder Walter Mukanga he would be taking his wife and kid to Victoria Falls.

“I’m taking my wife and kid to Victoria Falls for the Christmas holidays. I’m actually in the process of finalising all the logistics as I speak. It’s been a very busy year and I feel getting away a bit is the best way to just relax and spend some quality time with my family,” said Mukanga.

Zimbabwe Davis Cup non-playing captain Martin Dzuwa said after a hectic year, Christmas was a time to take a rest and spend some time with family.

“After a very busy year Christmas is family time for me and I will be doing just that, spend the time with my family,” he said.

However, for most Zimbabwean sports personalities it will be business as usual as they commitments will not allow them any time to celebrate Christmas.
Germany-based Zimbabwean basketball player, Vitalis Chikoko, who has been having an impressive season for Bundesliga side TBB Trier said he would be busy preparing for his team’s next assignments on the day.

“Unfortunately for me I’ve got no Christmas break,” Chikoko said with a chuckle.

“I’ve got practice on the 25th (Christmas day) game on the 26th so l will be busy with ball and don’t have anything special planned,” said the highly talented NBA hopeful.

Zimbabwe’s junior golfers, Stuart Krog and Kieran Vincent will also be busy on the day as they are in the US for the 51st Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship which starts on Friday.

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