CRICKET: Prophecy comes true for the ‘Big Bully’

Cephas Zhuwao in action - Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda

Cephas Zhuwao in action – Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda

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Cephas Zhuwao cuts a burly figure, broad-chested with big arms.

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He is a “big bully”, a royal guard.

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Big bully is what they call him in the cricket fraternity for his powerful hits and fondness for spoiling bowlers’ stats.

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And at Prophet Walter Magaya’s PHD Ministries, he is one of those men who move with the man of God helping out when the prophet delivers the demon possessed.

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“I am not his bodyguard; he is my father,” Zhuwao quickly corrects this reporter during an interview.

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“I am a servant; I help in the house of God. I am a royal guard, don’t call me a bodyguard.”

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Mayor, as Zhuwao is called by his cricketing friends, is a powerful hitter of the ball and those qualities have earned him a berth in the Zimbabwe Cricket ICC 2015 World Squad.

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The left-handed batsman is one of the five non-travelling players.

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“It is a big achievement; to me it is an improvement and it shows that I am getting somewhere with my cricket.”

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Prophet Magaya had prophesied a bright future.

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“My sister invited me to church when the prophet used to come to Glen View when they were still a small congregation. I went to church and he gave me a prophecy about my financial life and career.

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“I am not going to tell you about my financial life, though” (laughs).

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“The prophet called me Big Bully; I was shocked and asked him where that name came from.

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“He said a spirit had confessed saying someone was not happy with me advancing in cricket . . . I had a lean period in my game at that time, some two years ago.

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“The prophet prayed for me and told me all will be all right,” said the 30-year-old.

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Since then, Magaya has become an integral part of Zhuwao’s career.

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A PHD wristband would be seen on his left arm during this interview.

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“To be honest, Prophet Magaya to me is a father. Even in my cricket he is always there to help me if I need anything, money or kit; he is always there to support me one hundred percent.

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“He was quite happy that I made it into the World Cup squad,” Zhuwao said with a smile.

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So how did he end up as a royal guard of the popular prophet?

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“I started as an usher then he asked me to move with him and help, especially on handling those strong demon-possessed people he will be praying for.

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He continued: “Normally before I cross the rope I pray, a small prayer, thanking Jesus for the opportunity to play.”

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Zhuwao started his career in the high-density suburb of Glen View and played for a local club Glenshire that gave him an opportunity to become a franchise player with Mashonaland Eagles, then called Northerns.

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From there it was the national team’s developmental sides, beginning with the Zimbabwe XI, before graduating into the Zimbabwe A where he is currently playing against Canada, a team that he made his international debut against seven years ago.

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A promising career has not fully lived up to its potential, Zhuwao is aware, or is it Big Bully or Royal Guard.

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“I still need to work one or two areas in my batting.

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“I hope to play in England again in July for more experience in the game.”

  • Amara Brown

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