RELIGION: Winning souls through football

WHAT started as a mere social football gathering for Christians from various denominations in the capital has led to the formation of the Harare Christian Soccer League whose thrust is to lure souls to Christ through the beautiful game.

According to the founders of the league, the inter-denominational league has also afforded Christians a platform to share ideas, life skills and showcase their sporting skills.

“Being the most followed sport in the world, soccer has the power to draw people of various backgrounds and we thought we could as well use it as a vehicle to get people closer to God.

“When we started the programme early this year, we did not dream it could attract the kind of numbers we are witnessing at the matches.

“We also have ex-professional footballers, who have confessed to using juju during their playing careers and have repented. Some of the players who grace our matches currently play in the top-flight league.

“You see, most footballers today now believe that only Jesus Christ and not juju can take one’s career to greater heights.

“The league now has 13 teams drawn from various denominations and residential areas.

“We keep growing in numbers and that is good because

more souls are being exposed to Christianity,” says Walter Musanhu, the league’s spokesperson.

A former professional footballer himself, Walter is the younger brother of ex-Dynamos defender Chamu Musanhu.

The league, which also gets sponsorship from Zimbabwean international striker and devout Christian Edward Sadomba, now has 13 teams.

Faith Ministries Mbare, Heartfelt, Harare Evangelical Church, Word of Life, Mount Hope, New Life, Trinity Methodist, Apostolic Flame Ministries and ZAOGA Chisipite are some of the teams that make up the league.

Hundreds of church goers are expected to converge at Arcadia Sports Club this afternoon for a double-header that features log leaders Faith Ministries Mbare.

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