Movado Cup: Positioning sport to drive entertainment through pool game

Enterprising businessman, Moven Kufa who runs a thriving beer joint and butchery in Budiriro 2 is using the pool game to drive sports development under the famous Movado Cup.

Running the Status Night Club, Kufa is the proprietor of the Status Pool Club that competes in the Harare Professional Pool League (HPPL). He founded the Movado Cup in October 2017 and had a prize-giving ceremony in the same year.

The Movado Cup comprises Dion, Sharks, Niceday Queens, Liquid, Movers, Homeground, Patsime, Pajero, B4, Niceday Select, Stortford, PSG, Jenus, Starline Pirates, Mic Jop, and Status Bullets clubs drawn from the entire Harare Province.

“I formed the Movado Cup after realising that revellers need some form of entertainment when they imbibe the wise waters. In the past clubbing was associated with violence and conflicts evolving around sex workers, football teams, and political discussions.

“As Status Night Club and Tarirai Butchery, our aim is to give revellers a full package in as far as entertainment is concerned. That’s why we have, apart from the Movado Cup, a cocktail of entertainment packages including barbecue and ladies nights out as well as live beaming of all local and international sporting activities from motocross to tennis, basketball, cricket, baseball, netball, wrestling, judo, and soccer, just to mention a few,” said Kufa.

The Status Night Club is famous for its low priced beer. Even when most beer joints in Harare hiked the price of beer, they have remained the cheapest with brown bottle quarts selling for as little as US$1 while the rest are above US$1, 50 for the same products.

The business is also famous for selling a variety of meat products including beef, pork and poultry at very competitive prices.

In the Movado Cup, the first prize went to Status Bullets who walked away with a US$500 prize. The runner-ups were Mic Jop who got a whopping US$350 while Starline Pirates got US$250 followed closely by Jenus that walked away with US$200.

Quarterfinalists were PSG, Stortford, Niceday Select, and B4 who got US$100 each.

Consolation prizes of US25 each were given to Pajero, Patsime, Homeground, Movers, Dion, Sharks, Liquid, and Niceday Queens.

The most valuable players in the Movado Cup pool tournament were Blessing Mhara of Status Bullets and Hillary Muzuva from Mic Jop and they walked away with US$50 each.

They were asked to compete between themselves and the best got US$70 while the runner-up walked away with an additional US$30. The winner was Blessing Mhara who won the decider.

Clifton Changunda, one of the key players of the Status Bullets said the tournament was important in that it gives opportunities for players to sharpen their skills so that they can compete at the national level.

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