The win saw Muzhingi become the first man in 23 years to win the Comrades Marathon three successive times with a convincing victory in the 86th edition of the race after winning it in 2009, 2010 and again last Sunday.
The deal that the two parties signed will see Muzhingi getting any latest Polo vehicle to hit the South African market after every four months.
“I was presented with a brand new VW Vivo Polo vehicle by a South African car manufacturer on the day of the race. Our agreement states that I am going to be presented with every new Polo vehicle that will hit the South African market,” said Muzhingi.
“This will be happening after every four months, meaning that I will be getting a new vehicle after every four months. The deal will stretch for four years until such a time that I am going to be given the vehicle that I am going to take home at the end of the contract,” Muzhingi said.
Last year Muzhingi was presented with yet another Toyota truck which he had difficulties bringing home before resolving to only use it in South Africa. Muzhingi pleaded with the government to facilitate an arrangement hat would allow him to bring in such presents without facing problems at the border.
Athlete plucked from Chivhu
STEPHEN Muzhingi has paid tribute to a late police officer Esau Magwaza, who plucked him from rural Chivhu in 2000 to start his career in the bright lights of the capital.
The athlete said he dedicated his 2011 Comrades Marathon victory to Magwaza, who plucked him from a rural outpost after noticing his talents. Magwaza brought Muzhingi to Harare where he gave him a chance to train with police officers at Chikurubi.
Muzhingi said that Magwaza gave him a training programme that he still uses to date.
Magwaza used to use that training programme as he was a renowed athlete himself dominating the domestic scene in early 80’s and subsiquently taking part in Olympic events
“When I left for South Africa, I took that programme with me together with his photo. I gave them to my coach (Cliff Chinnasammy) who pasted them on the wall and also approved the programme which is the one that I am using until today,” Muzhingi said.
Muzhingi said Magwaza ploughed money and effort in making the athlete that he is today. As fate would have it, he fell in love with Magwaza’s daughter and married her.
“I also got to meet Lina Magwaza, who is now my beloved wife when I came to Harare. We grew up together and at times I would get favours from their father at their expense.
“So his spirit inspires me whenever I am in a race. I dedicate this award to him and the rest of the fans that cheered me to the finishing point. I just wish he was still alive and seeing all this success that I am riding on, I know he was going to be a happy man,” Muzhingi said.