Mbabane: Never mind Covid-19 and the different countries lockdown measures, the 25-pushups challenge started by Mbabane Swallows winger Wonder ‘Samba Jive’ Nhleko is gaining momentum.
Independent News Sports broke the 25 pushups challenge story on June 3.
With different premier league stars taking on the challenge, lately women football players participated and now Zimbabwe-born players have taken the challenge. Former Manzini Wanderers defender Elias Makako is the recent player to be invited and he has swiftly invited former Mbabane Swallows goalkeeper Ephraim Mazarura in his homeland.
The twenty five pushups for 25 days is meant for a good course wherein ‘Samba Jive’ Nhleko is challenging fellow Premier League players to do 25 pushups for 25 days in a mental health awareness exercise. ‘Samba Jive’ who starred for South Africa’s Black Leopards in the early 2000s was invited by James Mayinga to support a just course for people with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
James Mayinga is a South African retired left back who played for the likes of Moroka Swallows, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits.
After kick starting the challenge, ‘Samba Jive’ called upon fellow Premier League stars to take it on. The pushups challenge is trending on social media site Facebook with Manzini Wanderers duo of Sicelo ‘Junior’ Simelane and Mpendulo ‘Navigator’ Ngidi, Nhlanhla Gwebu of Young Buffaloes, Royal Leopard’s Muzi ‘Mzoro’ Dlamini and Mbabane Highlanders’ Mlamuli ‘Mlaba’ Nkambule and Peter Dlamini among the stars to take it.
It seems the players are rightfully using the challenge to stay in shape for the currently Coronavirus halted football season.
The rules are simple, once a player is nominated, his 25 days starts the following day. Everyday the player records himself doing 25 pushups and then nominate a different person.