Introducing sportsperson of the year nominee, Trevor Mazhande(TM). We caught up with him and this is what he had to say:
ZAA: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
TM: My name is Trevor Mazhande. I am a football coach with vast experience working in junior football development. My coaching journey started in the United Kingdom and has taken me across several countries in the world including my beloved Zimbabwe. I currently coach football at a Premier League club in the United Kingdom as well as managing the Zimbabwe UK under 17 team. I also run several football development projects here in the UK and Zimbabwe. One of those projects is the Harvesters in Sport-UK charity, whose primary aim is to transform young people’s lives through the platform of sport. My vision echoes the views of the late Nelson Mandela who is famously quoted as saying: “Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to inspire and unite people in a way little else can”.
ZAA: What motivates you?
TM: I am driven by my passion for football and the desire to make a positive change in this world. I want to be a positive role model and hopefully I will be able to leave a legacy in football development by helping as many young football players reach their full potential and play at the highest possible level.
ZAA: What are the three most important things in your life?
TM: -My faith tops the list. I believe that I am who I am because of God
-Family is also important to me. I wouldn’t be where I am without them
-My career has also helped me to achieve some of my aspirations.
ZAA: How did you find out you had been nominated/shortlisted?
TM: Got a message from a friend asking if I was the “Trevor Mazhande” on your nominations list? It was a pleasant surprise!
ZAA: What was the feeling when you found out you had made the shortlist?
TM: I was nominated last year in a different category so finding out that my name was in the pot again came as a good surprise and I feel really honoured that my countrymen are actually taking note of my achievements.
ZAA: What would it mean to win?
TM: I feel like a winner already by being nominated so anything else will just be a bonus. I am thankful to everyone who took their time to nominate me.
ZAA: What projects are you currently working on?
TM: I am the current Zimbabwe UK U17 Manager. Team Zimbabwe UK is a Diaspora Football Development Project set up to harness Zimbabwe’s fine football talent that is hidden all around the world as a result of rampant migration. Our aim is to identify Zimbabwe’s migrant football talent outside the country and introduce it to Zimbabwe National Team Mangers via ZIFA formal channels. We also aim to develop and prepare the scouted talent for national team duty which will hopefully help Zimbabwe win major international tournaments in the future.
-I am Director for Harvesters in Sport-UK, a football development project aimed at transforming lives within underprivileged communities by “creating hope where once there was only despair”-Nelson Mandela