|Dembare and the Zorai Butter phenomenon|
|Friday, 18 November 2011 20:07|
Both Kiglon and Shooting Stars have a duty to preserve the integrity of the game, and a Premiership they might want to return to in the
Michael Jackson had many iconic moments during a life in which he bewitched the world with a golden voice, which turned us into his obsessed fans, and outrageous dance routines that took the game to a whole new level of excellence.
But many believe his breakthrough moment, the one that really stands out, came on March 25, 1983, when he performed the Moonwalk, for the first time, before a live studio audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California at the 25th anniversary of Motown.
That performance alone, according to seasoned music analysts, took Michael's superstardom to a whole new level as fans gasped in awe at how he was able to pull it off and, when NBC broadcast it on May 16, the world embraced what would become a signature dance routine in the ‘80s.
I'm a music fan, and my friends will testify to that, and I have tried to sing in a live band, too, when I had one too many as I tried to release the emotions that had been wrecked by the trials and tribulations of that penalty shootout drama when Manchester United won the Champions League in Moscow, even though my hoarse voice barely passed the test.
For a country that has been blessed with such artistic giants like Oliver Mtukudzi, Thomas Mapfumo, Stella Chiweshe, Simon Chimbetu, Biggie Tembo and Leonard Dembo, to name but just a few of the heavyweights who are truly world-class, you feel not much has been exerted in terms of celebrating the greatness of our music and its artists.
Only when he was gone, after a brave fight that would have made even Mohammad Ali proud, did we see the value of his music and his brilliance as an artist that deserved respect for the way he moved from the shadows of a Dembo copycat, at the very beginning, to a man with a style that he could call his own.
that the influence that these guys have on the people is probably bigger than what the critics believe.
"Rugare vanhu vaMwariwe-e-ee, Zorai Butter Zim and Mzansi," screams Macheso on his official Facebook page.
"The Chirundu show will be our last show muno munyika yechiberekerwo before crossing Limpopo. Ticha rwufuridzazve takananga paMzansi apo."
Left arm outstretched, right arm being swung from an angle into contact with the left, then the move, as if the right arm is applying something, like a lotion or butter, on the left, from the finger tips right down to the shoulder.
Every step of the arm's journey being coloured by a movement of the hips - yes, as best as I could, that's how to describe Zorai Butter.
And, when performed by a group of players doing it in unison, and at a rhythm that corresponds with what their fans are doing in the stands, it creates quite a spectacle.
Then on Tuesday night, after Knowledge Musona had scored the equaliser for the Warriors in their friendly international against Bafana Bafana, they all trooped towards the Vietnam Stand and, as if on cue and blending with their fans, plunged into the Zorai Butter dance routine. Tapiwa Kapini had done a solo performance of the Zorai Butter dance at the National Sports Stadium after the 3-0 victory over Liberia but, on Tuesday, with the entire team doing it in unison, it turned into a spectacle and, what had until now been a Dynamos trademark goal celebration routine, had gone national.
Well done Alick Macheso!
So Who Will Be Champions?
The only difference is that this year, Dynamos have the destiny of their championship battle in their hands, aided by a huge goal difference advantage, which means that FC platinum have to outscore them one in four for them to be crowned champions.
FC Platinum are up against a Shooting Stars team that has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, in a vain but courageous battle to avoid relegation, and held Motor Action to a goalless draw at Callies, beat Blue Ribbon and narrowly lost 0-1 to CAPS United in their last three league games.
Kiglon were an embarrassment, for all the bravery they had shown in their battle to avoid the chop, including losing only 1-2 at the Colliery when they took just 13 players there, when they played their first match, following confirmation of their relegation, against Zimbabwe Saints.
What remains the question is how far they can limit the damage likely to be inflicted by an opponent that has been on a high, since leaving Masvingo empty-handed and feeling aggrieved by the decision to force them to play a tough away match without Cuthbert Malajila and Washington Arubi, and coming out of the Colliery cursing all the referees for a disallowed effort that meant so much.
What remains the question is how far they can limit the damage likely to be inflicted by an opponent that badly needs a lift, after the shattered dreams that littered Mandava on Sunday, following a crowning ceremony that went badly wrong after Dynamos inflicted a stunning defeat that turned the race on its head.
It's very likely that both the Wild Boys and Kiglon's coaches, and their best players, would leave come end of the season to remain part of the Premiership and they have a duty to conduct themselves in a way that will make them good candidates to join other teams should they decide to move.
Zimbabwe Saints have already fired the first shots, in an article carried by The Chronicle yesterday, saying they will challenge their relegation in court because, as Zifa confirmed in hiring the foreign referees, there were machinations at play in the local refereeing fraternity and poor Saints were victims because they did not have the cash to pay match officials.
The relegated teams want all the 16 teams, who were part of the Premiership this season, to remain members of the elite league next year, with the four teams coming from Division One being embraced to bring the number to 20 for the championship next season.
The three clubs argue that it's not a coincidence that the poorest teams in the Premiership - Saints, Kiglon and Shooting Stars - were the first to be relegated in a season poisoned by the allegations of graft that rocked the domestic refereeing family and led to the hiring of expatriate personnel.
Against a background where they are fighting for a new lease of life in the Premiership, albeit on a technicality, it is therefore important that Kiglon and Shooting Stars do not conduct themselves in shame in their final matches tomorrow but, rather, they come out of the duels with their heads held high and being teams worthy of sympathy.
Noone knows what will happen tomorrow but, given the way they played against their main rivals in the race, you get a feeling Dynamos got it right in games that mattered to deserve this title and, in a year they beat FC Platinum three times, without conceding a goal, they can be forgiven when they brag that they are the best.
While everyone has been keeping an eye on the championship battle, it will be unfair for Masvingo and Monoz to strike a deal where they will battle for a draw, and in the process eliminate Masvingo United, because that defeats the whole purpose of a league championship race.
A draw is an acceptable result but it should be not be by mutual consent and, hopefully, both Monoz and Masvingo will play for a result.
Warriors Still Need A Playmaker
Many of their critics, especially in South Africa, have hammered on the fact that Bafana Bafana were second string but, when you have first-choice players who can't beat Sierra Leone at home, and who fail to qualify for two straight Nations Cup finals, are they still good enough to be called first-choice?
At least, the so-called second string side scored from open play, something that the so-called first-choice have failed to do in their last 180 minutes against Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire with Katlego Mphela scoring against the Elephants from a free-kick.
What came out of the match on Tuesday was that the Warriors still badly need a playmaker and, until Norman Mapeza unearths him from somewhere, we are set to fail to make a big impression when it really matters.
Willard Katsande has played well in his matches for the Warriors but you feel he doesn't have that sixth sense, which every playmaker needs to have, which helps him see avenues where others see closed doors.
Maybe Norman should bring Ovidy Karuru into a more central midfield role, rather than coming from deep on the wing, as he battles to find a man who threads that pass into Musona's path.
What The Hell Was That?
It became impossible to tell whether the Warriors had ventured into their opponents' half or vice-versa.
Whatever it was, it was as bad as it gets and you can only feel sorry for the viewers who had to go through it all, in those final 10 minutes.
Some people have criticised Lovemore Banda for his commentary, during the match, but I have to say that I found him to be refreshing, went with the flow of the game and was generally well informed of the subject he was analysing.
I have always felt that Lovemore Banda is as fine, a football television commentator, as they come but then, he lives in a country where we find it difficult to appreciate the brilliance of our guys, be it in football commentary or music.
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