The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
MORE financial backing keeps coming in for former Zimbabwe international rugby player, Zivanai Dzinomurumbi who is suffering from a heart condition.
On Friday, Zimbabwe Rugby Union announced that former Old Hararians player, Willard Muchena had undertaken to put forward US$100.
“Support for Super Ziv continues to pour in with Mr and Mrs W Muchena pledging US$100 towards the coach Ziv fundraising initiative,’’ said ZRU.
Aaron Jani, the ZRU president, his two vice-presidents, Martin Shone and Losson Mtongwiza have led the way in local efforts to raise funds to assist the man known as “Super Ziv” during his playing days by making financial contributions. Of the money that has been raised locally, US$300 from that already used to purchase two months’ supply of medication for Dzinomurumbi. An initiative led by Dzinomurumbi’s former Sables teammate, United Kingdom-based Elimon “Bedford” Chimbima has so far raised 1 784 Pounds on GoFundMe. According to Chimbima, some of the funds raised have started helping with some of Dzinomurumbi’s hospital bills and other needs.
Dzinomurumbi is out of hospital in Masvingo with his heart condition being managed from home. He came out of hospital after being seen by a specialist in Bulawayo but his sister, Tendai Musarurwa recently said there was no change in his situation. Musarurwa said her brother needs to have an operation as a long-term solution to fix the heart problem.
Doctors have diagnosed the former Sables backline player with cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle that makes it harder for the muscular organ to pump blood to the rest of the body. Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure.