Stade de Reims back Munetsi’s charity initiatives, as Warriors star extends agrees new deal

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Paris – A footballer with a big heart. Since arriving at Stade de Reims in 2019, Marshall Munetsi has been admired on and off the pitch.

Appointed at the start of the year to the World Players Council, dependent on FIFPro (International Federation of Professional Football Associations), the 26-year-old midfielder, part of Will Still’s team, is renowned for his social commitment and education in Zimbabwe.

Active for four years, the “Marshall Munetsi” Foundation works in particular for access to education by paying tuition fees to students, or through various donations. This commitment will continue through a very fine initiative.

On Friday, Reims formalized the extension of the player for an additional year, until 2027. With an “unpublished clause”.

For each kilometer traveled, 100 euros donated to its foundation

“Indeed: for each kilometer travelled by the number 15 Champagne with the SDR, the Stade de Reims undertakes to donate 100 euros to the Marshall Munetsi Foundation”, explains the club in a press release.

The clause in Munetsi’s new contract is set to take effect from Saturday when Reims host Lille on Saturday night, where spectators and television viewers will be able to follow live the number of kilometres covered by the player, as well as his monetization displayed in real time on the LED panels and giant screens of the Auguste-Delaune stadium.

“We do not simply extend the player, but also the man, underlines the general manager of Reims Mathieu Lacour. Saying it like that, it may seem cliché, which is why it was important to follow the words with concrete actions. For several e years Marshall has worked in Zimbabwe through his foundation, not hesitating to donate part of his salary for charitable purposes. The idea was to add a new clause in his contract, a kind of mileage bonus to show him symbolically our commitment but also to support and encourage this type of individual initiative.”

Marshall Munetsi

Known for his exceptional athletic qualities, the 26-year-old box-to-box midfielder is widely acknowledged for being the most hardworking player in the French Ligue 1, regularly topping the charts for distance covered during matches.

According to reports in France, Munetsi, who donates 10% of his salary to his foundation, is ranked second on the list of outfield players to have covered the most distance in a Ligue 1 this season.

His hard work on the field of play is set to directly benefit the Marshall Munetsi Foundation, which the player has been using to provide access to education for children from underprivileged communities by paying their tuition fees and providing various donations since 2019.

Last October, Munetsi spoke to RMC Sport about his social commitment: “I can’t help everyone, but it already makes a big difference, because if these young people are successful, they can help in turn. (…) When you come from a country that is not rich, you are not used to having money to spend on material things, while people go to bed without having to eat. I know I’m doing a good job helping people rather than carrying something expensive.”

Munetsi, who has earned 23 international caps with the Warriors has been enjoying an impressive campaign in the French topflight league.

The gifted Zimbabwe international has played 29 Ligue 1 games this season, scoring six goals and providing three assists and was recently nominated for the prestigious 2023 Marc-Vivien Foe award in France.

Vivien Foe’s award is held annually and awarded to the best African player in the French top flight league.

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