By Leopold Munhende
FORMER Zimbabwe national football team and Caps united goalkeeper, Japhet Mparutsa (pictured second from left) has launched a sports foundation he says will contribute to the development of all sporting disciplines in Zimbabwe.
The JMShortcat Foundation is named after the legendary goalminder who was affectionately known as Shortcat during his heyday.
In a video message from his base in the United Kingdom, Mparutsa said that the initiative was meant to act as a platform for youths back home who were now engaging in drug abuse as pastime yet they were talented in sports.
“This is not meant to be a Mparutsa initiative but is meant for the development of sport for Zimbabweans.
“I hope it will receive the necessary support for it to survive and bear fruits,” said Mparutsa.
Former football administrator, Trevor Carelse Juul praised Mparutsa for launching the initiative which he said was the right tonic for Zimbabwe’s waning fortunes in sports.
“I am humbled by this initiative by Mparutsa which will remain a legacy, years from now because of what it will achieve if properly supported.
“This is what we as former footballers should be clamouring for; platforms where we can impart our knowledge and skill to the next generation,” said Juul.
He also called on Zimbabweans to support this initiative as it was not just his but might benefit the whole country.
Also present at the event was five-time premier league player of the year George Shaya, Black Rhinos coach Stix Mtizwa and a host of other former football greats.
Mparutsa follows in the footsteps of former Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwaru who now has his Academy 263 and Methembe Ndlovu who has anchored his Bantu Rovers football club as a developmental outfit.