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Man disguises as woman, gets married for 16 months – The Herald

The Herald

Liberty Dube and Dillon Sisimayi

A Honde Valley man disguised himself as a woman and got married for 16 good months while performing all the duties expected of a new bride, only being caught when playing for a women’s soccer team and being identified by people from his old village.

The man at the centre of the storm,

Morris Muchena

, disguised himself as Emily Muswere from Murehwa and pretended to be married to Andrew Chafa.

Morris was finally exposed in Honde Valley during a recent female soccer match between his team and another one from Chisuko Village which happens to be his original village.

The nimble-footed Morris mesmerised football fans with his moves and dexterity. With the spotlight beamed on him, his childhood peers identified him and let the cat out of the bag.

Morris was summoned by village head Madzinga, Mr Webster Mhuru, for a hearing. Feeling cornered, Morris sheepishly confessed that he was indeed a man who had disguised himself as a woman.  He bizarrely claimed to be a member of a satanic cult and claimed that he changes into a woman during the night in order to satisfy his “husband” in bed.

One of the soccer players who were in the match that was Morris’ undoing said they challenged him to remove his wig but he adamantly refused.

“We challenged him to remove his wig, but he refused. He said if he removed it he would disappear for 24 hours. We were frightened and waited for his “husband” to come.

“When Andrew arrived, he was shocked. He said he had not realised that he was sharing the same bed with a man. Andrew said it was the end of their marriage,” the neighbouring player said on condition of anonymity.

Another player chipped in: “We were so happy to have such a player on our team. He would dribble past three players before scoring and we were so proud of our star. He would always have a wig on, partially covering his face.”

Members of the Chafa family and villagers interviewed said they had suspected that Morris alias Emily was a man due to his masculinity.

Village head Madzinga said: “This is an abomination. Andrew got married to ‘Emily’ around November 2020. His family came to me and announced that they were welcoming a new bride into their home.

“I gave them the nod to proceed with the bride welcoming ceremony. I did not attend the ceremony, but I heard the celebrations went on very well. 

However, some questioned the new bride’s sexual orientation. Murmurs of disapproval were coming from around the village, but there was no way to prove if ‘Emily’ was a man or a                                                                                 woman.

“The recent soccer match exposed him. Female soccer players from Chisuko clashed with our local team and ‘Emily’ featured in our team. However, a player from Chisuko who grew up with Morris positively identified him.

“She queried why the local team had fielded a man. Everyone was taken aback by her claims. Upon the realisation that he had been exposed, Morris hid behind the women and covered himself with a cloth,” said Mr Madzinga.

He added: “A few days later, Morris’ relatives travelled from Chisuko and came to my place, saying they were looking for him. They said Morris had been evasive when they called him. He was no longer picking up their calls.

“They asked to be led to the Chafa homestead to meet Morris but I sent people to summon him to my homestead. When he came, dressed like a woman, he denied knowing his two relatives. However, after being quizzed, he later confessed that he is a man,” said Mr Madzinga.

It is said Morris chronicled how he was initiated by a Harare friend into a satanic cult that enables him to turn into a woman whenever ‘her husband’ wants to be intimate with ‘her’.

He said following the initiation, he started having weird dreams; before meeting Andrew falling in love with him.

It also emerged that Morris was a teacher at a private school in Harare before he stopped reporting for duty at the time of his ‘marriage’.

He acquired his primary and secondary education in Chisuko, Honde Valley; then deserted his family two years ago.

Andrew’s mother, Ms Irene Bendere, said she was shocked to realise that her son had brought in another man as his wife.

“We were so happy when my son brought in his ‘wife’. We didn’t know that ‘Emily’ was a man for more than a year. However, I would often quiz my son about his wife’s masculinity. At times, I would even tease ‘Emily’ about her physical stature,” she said, adding that the family was hoodwinked by the new ‘bride’s’ perfect execution of household chores.

Our Manicaland Bureau learnt that Morris would always avoid sharing a bathroom with women, but would watch them bathing from a vantage point.

It is also said Morris would always ask Andrew to switch off the lights whenever they retired to bed.

The couple could not be contacted for comments as they were said to be in police custody. Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Nobert Muzondo confirmed the incident and said while investigations are still underway, it appears as if Morris and Andrew were in a consensual same sex marriage.

“It appears like they were consenting parties and that is homosexuality. These are some of the bizarre things that are happening in our communities. Society frowns upon such acts,” said Insp Munondo.

Zimbabwe’s constitution prohibits same-sex marriages.

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Orlando Pirates v Maritzburg United: TWO key players to watch – The South African

Orlando Pirates kick off a grueling week of league football with a home DStv Premiership fixture against Maritzburg United on Tuesday, 24 May.


The match at the Orlando Stadium, will be the first of three over the course of the next seven days for the Soweto giants, who return from a lengthy CAF Confederation Cup run.  

There will be little time to dwell on the disappointment of falling agonisingly short in continental football, as the Buccaneers now have the task of propping themselves up from seventh place in the league with three games remaining.

As one of a handful of teams currently in a frantic scramble to qualify for CAF competition next season, the mission will be to collect all nine available points in their remaining fixtures.


Form guide 

It will require a turnaround of fortunes of some sorts, following less-than-satisfactory results in the domestic league in recent weeks.

Orlando Pirates head into the clash having not scored in their last three league outings, with just two points collected courtesy of two goalless draws and a shock defeat to TS Galaxy in their most recent DStv Premiership fixture.

Orlando Pirates lost in CAF Confederation Cup final

Since then, they have registered a victory and a defeat in the two-legged CAF Confederation Cup semis, as well as the 1-1 draw which ultimately led to the penalty shootout loss in the final of the competition.

Their opponents on Tuesday will do all they can to take a step towards finishing as high up on the table as possible, having managed to escape relegation.

Maritzburg United banished Baroka FC to the GladAfrica Championship with a 1-0 victory over the weekend, making it four games since they last tasted defeat – a run of form that has seen them move up to 12th place with the possibility of finishing just outside top-eight.

Away form remains a worry, however, for the KwaZulu-Natal-based outfit, who last tasted victory on the road back in September last year.


Key players

Goodman Mosele (Orlando Pirates): The young midfielder has had an impressive start to life as a Buccaneer, culminating in another national call-up. Mosele will again be expected to make things tick in the engine room, where he has proven to be equally potent both on defence and attack, also chipping in with some vital goals throughout the campaign.

Keegan Ritchie (Maritzburg United): The Orlando Pirates defence’s aerial ability will be tested by the vastly experienced Ritchie, who heads to Orlando Stadium with his tail up after a man-of-the-match performance on Saturday. The 31-year-old has played a vital role in the Team of Choice’s late surge, posing a potent threat through his long passes in open play and in dead-ball situations.



Orlando Pirates’ last encounter with Maritzburg United took place in October last year, and ended in a goalless draw at the Harry Gwala Stadium. This brought to an end to a three-match winning streak enjoyed by the Buccaneers against the Team of Choice.

The Soweto giants, however, still enjoy a lengthy unbeaten run over the men from KZN, with no defeats in all competitions since December 2016.

Since last falling on the losing side in this fixture, the Buccaneers have won seven and drawn three, finding the net 12 times and only conceding twice.


How to watch Orlando Pirates v Maritzburg United 

The match will kick off at 19:30 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport PSL.

However, for the very best – as always – coverage of the match, be sure to visit The South African website.

A limited number of tickets are available for the match, and can be purchased across Computicket outlets. 

Those who wish to attend should note that admission to the match day venue will only be granted after producing a valid South African ID or passport, as well as proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative test no older than 72 hours.



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Bafana Bafana's hopes of Afcon qualification receives a major boost after Zimbabwe, Kenya ban upheld – IOL

Cape Town – Bafana Bafana’s chances of qualifying for next year’s African Cup of Nations in the Ivory Coast received a significant boost after the Confederation of African Football upheld Fifa’s ban on Zimbabwe and Kenya.

Both African nations are currently suspended due to political interference in their football associations. CAF originally included them in the draw in the hope that their administration issues would be sorted out prior to the continental showpiece in Ivory Coast next year.

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However, Zimbabwe who were grouped with Bafana Bafana, Morocco and Liberia, will now drop out of the Afcon 2023 qualifying stages.

“As a consequence of having failed to have their suspensions by FIFA set aside, Caf has confirmed that both Kenya and Zimbabwe will not participate in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 qualifiers,” a statement on the Caf website read.

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“The qualifiers will kick off on the first day of June 2022.

“Caf had included them in the official draw earlier in April 2022 on the condition that the suspension must be lifted two weeks before their first match day.

“Kenya and Zimbabwe, suspended for political interference, have not yet met the criteria required by the Fifa congress as a prerequisite for lifting their suspension.”

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Fifa’s 198 members voted to support the sanction of the decision by the sanction at the global football governing body’s 72nd congress held on March 31, 2022, in Doha, Qatar.

“Caf had included them in the official draw earlier in April 2022 on the condition that the suspension must be lifted two weeks before their first match day.

“Kenya and Zimbabwe, suspended for political interference, have not yet met the criteria required by the Fifa congress as a prerequisite for lifting their suspension.”

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“The Fifa council suspended Kenya on February 24th with immediate effect due to third party interference, in particular, the takeover of football by a caretaker committee appointed by the government, which is a serious violation of the Fifa statutes,” Fifa president Gianni Infantino had announced.

“It is therefore recommended that the congress confirm the suspension of the Football Kenya Federation, enabling the council to lift the suspension immediately and as soon as the pertinent requirements have been fulfilled.”

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Bafana Bafana – the 1996 Afcon champions – missed out qualification for the continental showpiece in Cameroon last year. Hugo Broos’ side last appearance was in 2019 when they reached the quarter-finals in Egypt.

The qualifiers will kick off on the first day of June 2022. Two of the three teams will now qualify for Afcon 2023.


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UK: Arsenal, West Ham eye Ipswich teen Tawanda Chirewa – New

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ENGLISH premiership sides West Ham United and Arsenal are reportedly eyeing promising Ipswich Town youngster Tawanda Chirewa, it has emerged.

Chirewa, 18, was one of the top performers for the U23s during 2021/22, scoring 12 times as the side coached by Kieron Dyer and then John McGreal topped Professional Development League Two South.

The Shenfield-raised forward was due to be out of contract this summer but the Blues recently took an option to keep him for a further season and are keen to keep him at Portman Road longer term.

The club extended his contact until the summer of 2023.

However, his performances for the U23s have attracted the attention of the Gunners and Hammers among others keen to recruit him into their development squads.

Chirewa, who qualifies to play international football for Zimbabwe, became Town’s second-youngest first-team player when he made his debut in the EFL Trophy tie at Colchester in November 2019 aged 16 years and 31 days old.

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