Witness: Hie to you and the readers.
e-Diski: Tell me about yourself and where you are based.
Witness: I am Witness Munkuli, born on the 27th of April 1975. My home town is Binga but I live in Harare right now.
e-Diski: With your family?
Witness: Sure. I have four children.
e-Diski: Cool. And what are you doing now?
Witness: I am a goalkeepers’ coach at Harare City FC.
e-Diski: Oh cool. Who is Harare City now?
Witness: We were in the First Division and we will be playing in the Premier League this season.
e-Diski: I see, that is great and all the best in that adventure.
e-Diski: What was your nickname?
e-Diski: Goalkeeper? How did you get it?
Witness: No. It means ‘senior’.
e-Diski: Like Boss? Which language is that?
Witness: Hahaha. It is a Tonga word. I am a Tonga by tribe.
e-Diski: When was your defining or breakthrough moment?
Witness: It was in 1996 when I signed for Hwange F.C. I played in the Premier League for the first time.
e-Diski: Great. Where were you and what were you doing before then?
Witness: I was playing for ZESA Hwange in Division One.
e-Diski: Ok. What was your memorable moment?
Witness: When I had my first child in 1996.
e-Diski: Becoming a father for the first time?
Witness: Becoming a father for the first time.
e-Diski: Mmmm. Ok. What was your highest achievement or your proudest moment?
Witness: Playing for Caps United. I had a good time there. In 2004 we won the Championship, the Buddie Cup and the Unity Cup.
e-Diski: Wow! And then?
Witness: I was the ‘Goalkeeper of the Month’ six times and eventually crowned the ‘Goalkeeper of the Year’.
e-Diski: Great indeed, and congratulations.
Witness: Sure and thanks.
e-Diski: So what made you achieve so much? What makes Witness tick?
Witness: It is the self-belief and determination. I drive myself to achieve my goals.
e-Diski: And what is your dream?
Witness: To be Warriors coach. I wish to coach goalkeepers for the Zimbabwe national team.
e-Diski: I wish you well, but how will you achieve it?
Witness: It will not be easy but I will have to work hard as I have always done at my club, to produce the best goalkeepers.
e-Diski: What was the regrettable moment in your life?
Witness: I had a very bad day in 2004. I let in four goals against Highlanders. It was embarassing.
e-Diski: Sorry about that. Who was your best teammate to play with?
Witness: It must have been Laughter Chilembe.
e-Diski: Ok and who was your toughest opponent?
Witness: I did not have tough opponent but I must say I respected strikers but did not fear them.
e-Diski: Sure. And so, what do you think of the game today?
Witness: I cannot say much about that.
Witness: There is a lot of corruption in the game today, and then the issue of racism in world football is a big concern.
e-Diski: I understand. Which is the best football team at the moment?
Witness: Real Madrid is the best team at the moment.
e-Diski: And the best player?
Witness: Sure Lionel Messi of Barcelona.
e-Diski: What music do you listen to?
Witness: I listen to Sungura music.
Witness: The late Tongai Moyo. He was my favourite artist.
e-Diski: May his soul rest in peace. Which is your favourite movie?
Witness: I love Angeline Jolie’s movies.
e-Diski: Pick one.
e-Diski: Great. Thanks so much for the time and chat and all the best in everything you do and God bless you.
Witness: You are welcome and God bless you too.
Some of Witness Munkuli’s team-mates at Hwange included the great Nation Dube, Charles Chilufya, Tavaka Gumbo, Brian Njobvu among a host of gifted players. Munkuli was a fine goalkeeper who could win a match single handedly on his day.