Lazarus Muhoni Playing for the Warriors
|Born||August 31, 1976|
|Known for||Football In Zimbabwe|
Lazarus Mali Muhoni is a businessman and former Zimbabwean soccer legend who once played for the Zimbabwe National Soccer Team also known as the Warriors. He is also a musician. He rose to fame whilst playing in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League for a Black Rhinos Football Club and eventually Dynamos Football Club. He was part of Warriors team that qualified for the first time to play in the Africa Cup of Nations held in Tunisia in 2004.
Muhoni made a household name in the local circles when he was the midfield kingpin for Mutare's popular premier league side Buffaloes Football Club during its flirtation with top flight soccer, and further fattened his soccer curriculum vitae when he donned the Black Rhinos colours becoming one of its key players.
From Black Rhinos, he raised his football calibre when he joined the most popular football team in the country - Dynamos and became an important member of the team during the famous Africa Champions league campaign. Because of his rising football fortunes, he crossed the floor to rivals CAPS United Football Club, after the authorities at the popular club requested for his services.
The Historic Mali Encounter
It was in September 2003 when Muhoni's name was written in the history books of the country. He scored a spectacular solitary goal against Mali at the National Sports Stadium that saw the Zimbabwe Warriors qualifying for the first time in the Africa Cup of Nations which were to be held in the Tunisia the following year. It was in this encounter that he earned himself the nickname Mali because he had destroyed Mali "single-handedly" .
This saw Muhoni being selected to take part in the AFCON finals held in Tunisia in 2004. The team was led by Sunday Chidzambwa as the coach, Peter Ndlovu as the captain and included other legends such as Benjani Mwaruwari, Esrom Nyandoro and Ronald Sibanda and Wilfred Mugeyi.
Muhoni has also made a name for himself in musical circles. He is a former member of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Voice of Sakubva Choir of the Chauta fame, a song that he self-composed, benchmarking his ability as a songwriter.
The song Chauta (God) rocked the airwaves and was a major hit in the gospel music circles. The video became an instant hit at the popular Prime Gospel Show televised on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation television channel. He is also a member of the Voice of Mbare choir, which caused waves with their national hit titled Nganganga. He also sang jazz songs with local music outfits called Band AHA and Band Mutare.
Muhoni now runs a company called Royla Hiring Services together with his wife Daisy. The company that he started last year in Harare, is about to open another branch in Mutare. Royla Hiring services specialises in both wedding deco, car-hire and video filming. The business acronym Roy-La was derived from the names of his offspring, Royce and Latifa. His business specialises in decorations and catering of weddings and parties.