The Zimbabwe Sports Legends and Friends, an association of former sports persons has been constituted with an aim of making a positive impact to those that have entertained spectators through different sport codes.
Sportspersons have in the past made efforts to come together and form an organisation that could stand for their concerns but have always failed to take the first step.
The Zimbabwe Sports Legends and Friends (ZSLF) has come as good news to the stakeholders as it has managed to come up with structures locally, in South Africa, Canada, USA and the United Kingdom.
While with a quest to ensure that insurance of former players is recognised, retaining of interest in sport by its members is also a prime target according to the interim secretary in-charge of the secretariat and finance, former Highlanders defender, Sikhumbuzo Ndebele.
“The reason why we are coming together is to keep the love of the game and sport alive. A lot of us sometimes give up, maybe due to frustration and everything else. We end up not getting involved either through grassroots or any developmental contact. So we have decided to come together, basically to keep our passion that has given us some names in society,” he said.
Among other sport codes embodied by this new organisation are swimming, football and athletics, with the likes of Peter Ndlovu, Benjani Mwaruwari, Stanley Chirambadare, Kirsty Coventry and Memory Mucherahowa among the notable members.
Ndebele went on to challenge sport administrators to take advantage of former sportspersons in mapping the way for the success of sport in the country.
“Our leadership, we are encouraging them to get engagements with the legends because they have seen it all. Some have played overseas, some have played in first world countries. They know what it takes to take our game to a higher level. For instance, i will tell you that Kirsty Coventry, the positions that she holds, the horizons that she now swims in its something else,” said Ndebele.
During the Easter holiday, the ZSLF donated goodies to Mpilo Hospital before undertaking to adopt the orthopaedic ward at the same institution.
Exhibition matches with other sports legends from outside the country highlight the activities that have been lined up for the organisation.