Legendary Mparutsa challenges ZIFA to set up Hall of Fame, consider pension for former Warriors who were exceptional

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JAPHET ‘Shortcat’ Mparutsa the legendary and acrobatic former Warriors goalkeeper has challenged ZIFA to set up a Hall of Fame for all outstanding internationals as a means of honouring their contribution.

The UK based Mparutsa, whose exploits for Dynamos, Black Rhinos and South African side Bloemfontein Celtics earned him legendary status even before his stint for the national side suggested ZIFA should also consider pensions.

Mparutsa who earned 63 caps for the national side said this in a Facebook post on late Warriors defender and coach Misheck Chidzambwa.

Chidzambwa captained the Warriors to their first international cup in 1985 (CECAFA Trophy) before winning Zimbabwe’s first COSAFA Cup as a coach in 2000.

“I strongly feel anyone who played for the national team for such a longtime deserves a small pension. For Misheck it was never to be but it is never too late to think about these things,” said Mparutsa.

“We need a Hall of Fame as a matter of urgency. Let us honour our legends while they are still alive.

“Misheck deserved this honour. Misheck served and like others that have served deserves recognition.”

Chidzambwa, popularly known as Scania during his playing days, was a hard tackling defender for Dynamos before his call up.

He died in 2021.

Added Mparutsa: “I played with Misheck for close to 10 years, first for Dynamos and in the national team. He was my captain and the last line of defence before any striker took a shot.”

Little has been done to recognise former national team players who excelled.

Businessman Kudakwashe Tagwireyi has however donated houses, land, vehicles, furniture and cash to some or in cases where they are late, their families.

Luminaries such as George Shaya, Madinda Ndlovu have benefited.

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