By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor
Zimbabwe-born American football player Farai Hoko has won the Chinese National Football League championship with his club Shanghai Titans after romping to victory this Saturday.
After losing two finals, it was finally third time lucky for Hoko, who grabbed his first winner’s medal this Saturday with the Shanghai Titans.
Hoko, who lost the first final he played in before leaving the 2020 championship with a muscle injury, has finally made it.
For a player who has been playing professional American football for the past five years, winning the championship means everything for him.
“It means so much for me. I wanted to win it for Zimbabwe because that’s where I come from and we deserve to stand out,” Hoko said.
Hoko, who was in Zimbabwe last year donating equipment, hopes to do more to help his country grow in sport.
Meanwhile, the basketball community has been plunged into mourning after the death of young and respected coach Onayi Mpozori, better known as Coach Ghost in basketball circles.
He passed on this Sunday morning in Malawi where he was coaching national league side, Central Knights.
His longtime friend and co-coach Clement Kufeketa said his gap will be difficult to fill.
“It’s a huge loss to basketball – a young hard worker like that. It’s so sad and to die that young. Ma1. Basketball yarasikirwa.”
Locally, he coached Green Stars and Girls High School, among other national assignments.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.
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