By Andrew Murenha
PROMINENT Zimbabwe Warriors die-hard fan Alvin ‘Aluvah’ Zhakata has been left hospitalized at Parirenyatwa Hospital with broken ribs and a collapsed lung after unknown assailants pounced on him in Chitungwiza.
The 33-year-old registered nurse is recovering in hospital after the attack whose motive is yet to be ascertained, although suspicions are high that it was a routine mugging by thieves.
Zhakata’s plight was made public by Steve Vickers, Star FM’s head of sport, who said the number one fan was in stable condition but badly injured.
“Legendary Warriors fan Alvin ‘Aluvah’ Zhakata is recovering in hospital after being attacked in Chitungwiza yesterday. Has 3 broken ribs and collapsed lung, in stable condition at Pari Hospital, had a chest drain,” Vickers tweeted Sunday.
Zhakata made international sports headlines last year when he hitch-hiked all the way to Cairo, Egypt, where the AFCON games were taking place – a journey that took him 51-days. Zhakata did this just to support his beloved team, the Warriors, who had qualified for the games.
His biggest dream was to watch the Zimbabwean Warriors play live in Egypt, but that never came to pass as the team was knocked out of the competition before he arrived as he got delayed by a myriad of challenges along his 10,000km journey, including visa problems in the Sudan and a military coup that was brewing in Ethiopia.
However, for his troubles, Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad gave Zhakata a free ticket to the games, accommodation during his stay in Cairo, and an air ticket back home to Zimbabwe.
Another positive from his ordeal, Zhakata said, was his meeting with the CAF executive committee, where he was asked to offer recommendations to the African Union, over any concern he encountered.
Zhakata said his main one, was about making travel easier for Africans, travelling within the continent. – Zimbabwe Voice ■