IN the wake of media reports that three players from Bulawayo left the Under-20 camp, with the duo of Bulawayo’s defender Mpumelelo Bhebhe and Bantu Leopards striker Caesar Dube ruled out of selection because of lack of passports, it has come to our attention that the latter has a valid travel document but he was let go due to disciplinary problems.
Caesar’s father Sizalobuhle Dube, who is a former Railstars and Njube Sundowns player, told B Metro Sport Zimbabwe Under-20 coaches openly raised concern on his son’s unbecoming conduct in camp and at training sessions.
“My son’s release from camp was not to do with that he does not have a passport. He has a valid passport. It was because of his attitude and disciplinary problems that he was made to pack his bags. The coaches openly told me that and I was not shocked about it.
“Ceasar is my son and I know him very well. He has disciplinary issues that I have always told him about. He has all the potential to do well as a player but I have always told him that his attitude and lack of discipline will cost him,” said Dube bluntly. Dube also turned out for Hwange and How Mine at his prime.
He added: “I think the problem is that he never grew up under my custody. He lived with his grandmother after I separated with my first wife. Those are some of the things that can affect children. However, I’m not giving up on him.”
Ceasar’s passport was gleaned by this reporter. It was issued on 26 January 2018 and is only expiring on 26 January 2028.
The player’s brother Luckson Bashoma, who also taught the budding footie star at Njube High School, said he was shocked to read in the media that his younger brother didn’t have a valid travel document.
“I was very shocked to read about that because I knew he has a valid passport which was issued in 2018,” said Bashoma.
Highlanders juniors’ striker Mthabisi Ncube was also released from camp after reportedly picking an ankle injury during training.
The country’s Under 20 squad, which is under the guidance of Tonderayi Ndiraya, Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu, Nesbert Saruchera and Innocent Chogugudza will be leaving the country for the COSAFA tournament on Monday.
The competition will run from December 3-13.
Players from Bulawayo making it into the 30-member provisional squad are Bulawayo Chiefs pair of goalie Mattripples Mleya and defender Malvern Hativagone, Bukhosi Maseko of First Division side Trukumb, strikers Munashe Pini from Chicken Inn and Andrea Siziba of Bulawayo City.
Attacking midfielder Lexington Mujokoro from FMSA completes the list of Bulawayo-based players in camp.
National Under-20 squad
Tendai Chirara ( Ngezi Platinum Stars), Tatenda Makoni (Dzivarasekwa Academy), Mattriples Nleya (Bulawayo Chiefs)
Malvern Hativagone (Bulawayo Chiefs), Thomas Mudzengerere (Prince Edward Academy), , Tinotenda Muringai (Dynamos), Kelvin Mangiza (FC Platinum), Munashe Chakuchichi (BN Academy), Munashe Garan’anga (Ubuntu, South Africa), Munashe Katondo (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Bukhosi Maseko (Trukumb), Kundai Mhembere (Yadah Stars)
Donald Mukunga (Harare City), Kelvin Rateiwa (Dynamos), Sebastian Summerfield (Gateshead FC, England), Lexington Mujokoro (FMSA Umguza), Mernard Matsikidze (Highlands Park, South Africa), Kudakwashe Nyakudanga (Black Rhinos), Brendon Nyagurungo (Caya Foot Academy, Senegal), Oscar Magejo (Academy 2063), Culum English-Brown (Eintracht Norderstedt 03, Germany), Bill Antonio (Prince Edward Academy), Panashe Mutimbanyoka (FC Platinum), Tendai Matindife (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Debbellar Mapuwa (Legends Academy)
Strikers Munashe Pini (Chicken Inn), Tapiwa Mandinyenya (Aces Youth Academy), Thandolwenkosi Ngwenya (FC Platinum), Andrea Siziba (Bulawayo City) Tawanda Bhunu (Golden Eagles)