Affable Harare dealer, Liberty Matenda, celebrated his 40th birthday in style when he hosted a football tournament at PaHuku in Hillside on Saturday.
The tournament saw six teams competing for the top prize bringing the entertainment hub into a hive of activity.
It also turned out to be a social gathering as the birthday boy united dealers who operate at the popular ‘Ximex Mall’.
Matenda, popularly known as Mhofu, also the chairman of Ximex Dealers Association said the event forged unity among dealers.
“I organised this day to enable dealers to mix and mingle together so I decided to host this Mhofu @40 tournament.
“At first I thought of hosting a party and with such a respectable number I could not accommodate them so I just thought of a football ground.
“I am glad the event went on successfully and we did not encounter fights or injuries.
“As the chairman of Ximex dealers I am returning the love I am getting from my colleagues, we started maboozer in 2009 and we now have six teams,” he said.
“Under my leadership at Ximex we are now a family whereby if one gets sick we cater for medical bills or if lost close relative we support each other.
“I can safely say we have an account for emergences for example when Cyclone Idai occurred we chipped in with clothes and blankets.
“We want to remove the stereo type that dealers at Ximex mall are crooks and violent.
“Hapana police inorohwa and we are well disciplined.”
The Highfield based dealer who is a mechanical engineer by profession is married to Shalon Mashiri and they are blessed with two children.
“Besides maboozer I go to the gym and I started it in 1998, I have been consistent.
“I also do marathon and I have won 14 local medals.
“I have one international medal and specialising with 21km.
“Since I started gym I avoid people and by doing so I am getting enough respect.
“I urge people to exercise to avoid unnecessary diseases,” he said.
In another interview, a close friend to Mhofu showered praises to him for his efforts to unite dealers.
“He tries so hard to unite people and it’s commendable, he has been doing this for years.
“It shows he is a good leader and his generosity tells it all.
“We are here as dealers and friends, we are building a good working relationship,” said a close friend.
Some of the teams which played include Ximex FC, Madhara 11 and K9 among others.
Madhara 11 went away with a trophy and kit worth $350 after they emerged the winners of the day.
Top goal scorer, golden glove, best defender and player of the tournament were given money for their individual brilliance.