20 for 20 with Secretary of Chelsea Supporters Club Zimbabwe, Mr Benson Chiguri

They boldly state that Zimbabwe is a CHELSEA COUNTRY, something that may not sit well with the fans of the other footballing giants within the small landlocked football-crazed nation.
With their official certification having been handed to then on the 25th of February 2020, hours before their club was humbled by Bayern Munich at home. There is so much more for the Zimbabwean fan base to celebrate and enjoy about their season so far. In what many have called a free hit for the young manager and his young team have surpassed expectations to an extent and are a good shout to finish in the UEFA league spots. Back home though the Supporters club enjoys unprecedented support, that other clubs are failing to garner on social media.

I am sure it will be a bitter pill to swallow for many other fans in Zimbabwe to admit to the dominance of the Chelsea fans on the nation’s footballing landscape. But for the team’s fans popularly and affectionally known as “Mahwindi” due to the clamorous way they support their team it is a fact that they are sticking to.

1 PM: When was the association founded?
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2PM: Walk me through the process of becoming an official supporters club?
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3PM: What are the perks that come with being an official supporters club?
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4PM: Your Twitter page boldly claims that Zimbabwe is Chelsea country. Do you believe this?
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5PM: As a supporter’s club what is your main mandate?
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6PM: Does your supporters club have any community initiatives?
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7PM: When did you become a Chelsea fan?
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8PM: What were the thoughts when Antonio Conte was sacked?
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9PM: What was your take on Maurizio Sarri’s reign as Chelsea manager?
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10PM: Before this season how frustrated have you been about the number of players who would be on loan and end up leaving the club without playing for the first team?
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11PM: What is your take of the quality of the youth in your side this year? And with the transfer ban having been lifted how much of a balance do you want to see in next season’s side?
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12PM: Frank Lampard had an amazing season at Derby last season, which many saw as key to him getting the top job at Chelsea. What were your expectations for the season? What were the expectations of your association members?
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13PM: Abramovich at Chelsea has not shied away from cutting bait with managers if things aren’t going well is for the most part. Do you have a fear that if things do not go according to plan for Lampard, Abramovich may take too long to pull the eject button, because of his legendary status?
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14PM: How excited are you about the Ziyech signing?
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15 PM: Your central midfield seems to be well equipped, with the likes of Kovacic, Kante, Mount, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Gilmour, and Jorginho. But there seems to be a consensus that an addition or two are needed in that position. Who would you like to see come in and who would like to see the back of?
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16PM: The pool of top tier strikers has shrunk somewhat over the years. Who do you hope Chelsea bring to the Bridge?
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17PM: What do you think Frank must do with Kepa Arrizabalaga?
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18PM: How do you rate Lampard’s season thus far?
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19PM: Who is the player of the season so far in the season?
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20PM: What are your expectations for next season?
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The fanbase is vibrant and hungry to be counted amongst the top tier teams in England, it will be interesting to see how much longer they can be patient with their legendary manager. That said its an exciting and interesting time for the Blues fans worldwide, with the young manager, a youthful side, a thrilling new signing confirmed and the club’s transfer ban has been lifted.

Philani Mukwakwami

FOUNDER

Sports are a hobby horse of mine, what happens in-between the lines is just as thrilling as what happens outside of them.