14 February 2018

Milton and Brenda

MILTON Makopa’s wife Brenda has opened up on what it means to be a footballer’s wife on Valentine’s day.

She may not be given to a glamorous lifestyle like the WAGs of this world, but hers is truly exemplary.

It is not surprising that they are one of the most popular couples at Yadah and in the Premiership.

And she says remembering to appreciate your loved one on such occasions keeps the fire burning.

“I truly believe in it (Valentine’s Day) and I think it’s a day to show love since we always talk about it.

“I also think every day is Valentine’s Day and it should not be a one day thing we should do it every day.

“This time around it’s a surprise and I’m going to keep my mouth shut because I don’t want to spoil my surprise,” Brenda says.

She seems to be the calm but jovial type.

In Makopa, she found a footballer who is aggressive as demanded of defensive midfield players, and his leadership is unquestioned.

Off the pitch, the former Dynamos player is calm and never afraid to bring out his views.

“Personally I don’t believe in Valentine’s Day but I believe women believe in it so much than men do. It’s a day to show your appreciation and your unconditional love for your better half and it’s a must do thing.

“Preparations are still in process, so I can’t say anything yet, but I am doing something for my lovely wife,” says Makopa.

Valentine’s day is celebrated on February 14 and was associated with feasts to honour saints.

Over the years, it has become very commercial and love birds never miss the opportunity to celebrate love and affection.

The Makopas don’t miss the opportunity to do like-wise.

“Last year we went to Polas place in Eastly for dinner it was romantic, nice and lovely, it was just beautiful,” Brenda says.

“We enjoyed ourselves, I always smile whenever I recall that day and we are also looking forward to make good memories this time around.

“This is a one day thing. I think people should make wonderful memories that last, it should be a must do for love birds.”

Not even their growing family has affected the chemistry.

The 29-year-old mother of three, two girls and one boy, have a lot of respect for her husband.

“I have two girls and a boy, I am happy to be a mother and to be somebody’s wife. The feeling is overwhelming.

“Having a family is exciting and I am enjoying each and every part of it.

“I am pleased with my husband so far. I can’t complain about him, he is one of the most responsible, loving and caring person I know,” she says.

Being a footballer’s wife is never easy because of the many trips.

Makopa’s love, however, says the attention she gets whenever he is around is overwhelming.

“My husband gives me extra attention if I may say because we are always spending quality time together.

“I think the secret is all about respect you have for each other as a couple, being happy together not the opposite.

“Musangofungidzirane because there are high chances you could be wrong, build a strong relationship based on understanding,” she says.

The affection between them, however, does not mean they don’t differ.

“We support different teams. I am a real Madrid fan while he is a Barcelona fan. I am a Chelsea fan while he is a Manchester City fan.”

And the biggest shock could be that of local teams they have supported over the years. It has been a secret until now.

“I support Dynamos and he is a CAPS United fan.

“When our teams are playing against each other we will be at war and sometimes ‘unoto ramwirwa sadza’,” she says, with a laugh.

“It is just the way it is but I love it. We connect well in terms of football because I understand it. I was a soccer fan even before we met,” says Brenda.

Despite the differences in taste for other clubs, the Makopas rally as a team for Yadah.

And the defensive midfielder has pledged his future with the team.

“I am okay at Yadah and I am not going to leave any time soon, this season we are going to play hard as a team.

“So far so good. The training is going on as planned and I am looking forward to help the upcoming footballers,” Makopa says.

He thanked PHD Ministries Prophet Walter Magaya for the guidance on and off the pitch.

“I am blessed to be part of PHD ministries. In our marriage and in our lives, Prophet Walter Magaya plays a very big role.

“He is not just a Prophet, he is our father and you know the relationship between a father and his children.

“Ndinonzwa kukomborerwa ndikatanga kutaura about him in our marriage,” he says.

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