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Former PSL referee donates to former schools

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Trymore Tagwirei
Mirror Reporter


MASVINGO-Retired Premier Soccer League (PSL) referee Martin Chivandire has traced his roots and donated football kits and soccer balls to Mandini Primary and Berejena High School, where he learnt.
Chivandire, who was voted the PSL 2021/22 referee of the year, donated last week.
He donated a kit and a soccer ball to Mandini and a soccer kit to Berejena. ManicaDiamonds gaffer Jairos Tapera, a former Berejena student, chipped in and donated two soccer balls to his former school.


Chivandire completed his primary studies at Mandini in 1989 and enrolled at Berejena in 1990. He finished his O Level studies in 1993.
He told The Mirror that he was touched by the plight of Mandini Primary. The school was borrowing kits from neighbouring schools. The soccer team had pupils playing competitive soccer in t-shirts.
He then donated a kit in 2019 and returned with another last week. Mandini Primary is in Mushawasha East in Masvingo rural Ward 23. Berejena High is in Chivi South.
Mandini Primary School head Mupomwi Tiringindi applauded Chivandire for the gesture.


“We are happy with what you have done for us. It is a lesson for us and all former students. Our soccer team used to borrow jerseys and balls from neighbouring schools.
“We have about 139 students. The majority of them are failing to pay fees, making it difficult for us to buy a soccer kit,” he said.
Chivandire became the first referee above 40 years to officiate a PSL match in 2015. He retired in 2022.
He is a qualified teacher and is the Officer-in-Charge at ZRP Pumula in Bulawayo. Chivandire is currently studying for a degree in Peace and Security studies in India.


Chivandire completed his Grade seven in 1989 at Mandini Primary. He enrolled at Berejena in 1990 and completed his O Level studies in 1993.
He worked for various organisations including Gweru City Council, before he trained as a teacher at Mkoba Teachers College.
Chivandire played football for several outfits like Zim Alloy, Chapungu and Zim Military Academy. He then trained as a referee while teaching at Kana Mission in Gokwe.


In 2003 he became a Police officer and taught at Ross Camp in Bulawayo. In the same year, he did his refereeing course classes 2, 3, and 4. He obtained a class 1 refereeing Licence in 2010 and began officiating Division 1 games.
In 2015, Chivandire was promoted in the police force to the rank of Inspector In 2017, he was the first referee to be selected to officiate in the PSL at 40.
He worked as a referee until the 2021/22 season.

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