Flame Lilly Queens and national team attacking midfielder, Marjory Nyaumwe, whose unique hairstyle grabbed the attention of the media and Germany players in Zimbabwe’s opening Rio Olympics match, has gone bold. Her ‘Rio hairstyle’ was even unofficially crowned the ‘hairstyle of Rio 2016’ on some social media platforms but it seems she will have no outstanding hairstyle to be noticed by in Cameroon for the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON). Nyaumwe shaved her hair as part of the requirements for being a recruit at the Zimbabwe Prison Services (ZPS), and she has no problem losing the long hair. She knows with her talent her fans will still notice her.
Grace Chirumanzu (GC): How easy or difficult was it for you to make the decision to shave your head?
Marjory Nyaumwe (MN): It was something that had to be done. I simply walked into the barbershop and told them I wanted to go bald. It was more difficult for the barber to do it than it was for me; they could not believe it to the extent that they refused to do it and told me to do it myself. I grabbed the shaving machine without hesitation to their surprise and I shaved half my head and they noticed I was serious.
GC: How was the reaction from your team mates?
MN: They had a good laugh about it but the person who laughed at me most was Chido Dzingirai. I found it funny because she also shaved her head too.
GC: You attracted a lot of attention with the hairstyle you had in the opening match of the Rio Olympics against Germany. Did you expect it was going to be like that?
MN: Not at all. I chose that (hairstyle) because it was the easiest hairstyle I could do and maintain in camp but it was just amazing how it grabbed that much attention.
GC: What do you hope to achieve in Cameroon?
MN: I think as a team that had an Olympic experience recently we just need to bring home something from Cameroon; the same applies with South Africa. But that remains to be seen.
GC: What is your biggest fear of AWCON?
MN: Conceding goals and losing a match. Imagine we used to beat South Africa at one point and now it is something else. But I still believe we are a good team and we can win matches at such a big tournament.
GC: What do they call you in Mighty Warriors camp?
MN: Jeju is my nickname and that’s supposed to be short for Marjory.
GC: How does Marjory become Jeju?
MN: (Smiles) I am kind of used to it because I have so many nicknames. Another one is Roadrunner, which I got from the former Women’s Football boss, Mavis Gumbo because then I was at my peak and I would move just too fast for the opponents.
GC: If we can’t find you at a football field playing the game, where else would people find you?
MN: I like going out for braai with my friends, so that is what I basically do when I am not playing football.
GC: What is the funniest incident you recall from Rio?
MN: Oh yeah it was during our first training against Cameroon. Chido Dzingirai and I were still drained from our previous physical training (as recruits at ZPS) and the ball was kicked to Chido and she found it difficult to lift her leg to stop the ball quickly. Her legs were heavy and when she lifted her leg to stop the ball, it happened like in a slow motion, before she knew it the ball was behind her in the nets. It was really funny and I guess I was the only one who really knew what was happening because I could relate. My legs were just as heavy.
GC: All the best and make us proud in Cameroon.
‘Sportswomanship demystified’ is a series of profiles and photos by Her Zimbabwe and Sports Journalist/photographer, Grace Chirumanzu in support and solidarity for the Mighty Warriors ahead of the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON). It celebrates Zimbabwe’s Mighty warriors as women of strength, who know no boundaries and limits. They have persisted despite all challenges they have faced, and deserve all the support they can get. Go Mighty Warriors!
All images provided by Grace Chirumanzu