Owing $200 000,00 is nothing if the denomination is a Zimbabwe dollar, which is now locally a foreign currency. Once the pride of national football in Zimbabwe, providing the backbone of the country’s greatest ever football national team, dubbed Dream Team in the early 1990 under Reinhard Fabisch, Highlanders Football Club is broke, broke, broke.
Many will remember the team of Mercedes Rambo Sibanda, Madinda Khathazile Ndlovu, Willard Mashinkila Khumalo, Rahman Gumbo, Benjamin Mackanaky Nkonjera, Adam andPeter Bulawayo Bullet Ndlovu. All these players were engaged by foreign teams at one point or another. They formed a strong national team with team-mate Alex Zanda Maseko, Bruce Jungleman Grobelaar, Henry Bully McKop, Agent Sawu, Ephraim Rock of Gibralter Chawanda, Francis Sandura Shonhayi and Norman Mapeza.
They called it the team of the nation, Bosso or Tshilamoya (Boss or Heartbreaker because they broke so many opposing teams’ fans’ hearts) but now, the team is as ordinary as a school team. Worse, the team’s loyal fans are fewer than they thought. They have pledged to contribute USD5,00 per month, hoping the true ‘Black And White’ blooded ones will honour their pledge while the fake fans will keep barking from a distance.
It is also reported the current football season in Zimbabwe that started at the beginning of the year may extend to May 2011. It means extended budgets and the need for more players as the current crop will suffer fatigue and will suffer injuries. The country may decide to have play-offs to decide who will play Africa Champions League. It just gets worse.
It is hoped true and loyal sons of the team will come forth and be counted. It does take a scientist to see that the team will appreciate any form of sponsorship to take it forward financially. As a community team, they will always be wary not to be hijacked by the people loaded with money but at this time, it is hard to say how beggars can be choosers. Get in touch with those in the know and donate or sponsor with a few millions per annum and bring smiles to the legion of team lovers. At least foot the team salary bill.
The team, Highlanders FC Bosso, is meant to travel to South Africa in 2 weeks for a KICK-OUT XENOPHOBIA CAMPAIGN match against Jomo Cosmos. We hope the match raises awareness and team profile. International sponsors need to come forth and assist the team that produced a ‘Flying Elephant’ in Peter Ndlovu who played for Coventry City, Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City. This blog asked fans to contribute Xenophobic stories, articles,photos or messages of peace for a free ticket to watch that match.