MUTARE-BORN international rugby player, Ngoni Chibuwe, whose Romanian club is now midway into the 2021 season and comfortably sitting on top of the log standings, has launched a sportswear clothing label — Stonefit.
Chibuwe joined Romania Supa Liga — Steaua Bucharest on a three-year contract and the talented former Mutanda Primary School pupil has fitted in well in the star-studded outfit.
The Sables player made his way into the Romania Supa Liga just before the 2019 rugby season after his marriage with Spanish giants, Getxo ended prematurely.
The soft spoken, yet steely rugby player, whose entrepreneurial mindset should set an example for sportsperson in general and fellow rugby players in particular, confirmed that he is already operating a thriving sportswear gear business.
“I started Stonefit brand, something which will capture the world’s imagination in the near future. If you talk about being an entrepreneur, you should have the right mindset, otherwise you will be wasting your time.
“Stonefit is a clothing merchandise retailing entity. Basically, our aim is to provide athletes with the best and comfortable sports gear, training equipment and accessories to supplementation. Our products are already online and we want to have a global presence.
“The brand Stonefit will be helping a lot of individuals with nutrition. This has been lacking especially back home for our sportspersons. Our long term goal is to create a massive awareness on eating healthy,” said Chibuwe.
Before his move to Steaua Bucharest, Chibuwe was in Tomitanii Rugby Club books.
Chibuwe, who hails from Dangamvura attended Mutanda Primary School in Sakubva, Mutare Boys’ High School and later Hillcrest College before moving to South Africa to join the Shark Academy side.
His professional rugby career, however, set off in 2015 after being drafted into the Sharks Sevens rugby side.
In the same year, he received his first Sables cap after being drafted into the squad for the Hong Kong Cup of Nations tournament and his career has been on an upward trajectory ever since as he went on to make it into the Sharks’ squad for the 2017 Currie Cup qualifiers.
He has also recently established himself as a key member of the Cheetahs squad, playing a key role in the World Cup qualifiers before featuring in almost all the team’s matches at the global showpiece.
He has featured for Old Georgians locally and South African club, Durban Collegians.
Chibuwe is also heavily involved in the development of rugby in Mutare after launching his rugby academy, Hearts of Stones in 2017.