FORGOTTEN ex-Warriors, Highlanders and How Mine bustling forward Simba “Sgonondo” Sithole has become the latest veteran player to join the ambitious Talen Vision camp.
After carving their names in the famous Zebra-shirted Highlanders, early this year the duo of Zephaniah Ngodzo and Obidiah Tarumbwa committed to appear in Zifa Southern Region Division One side Talen Vision’s colours whose squad also features former Chicken Inn forwards Canaan Nkomo and Thomas Chimenya.
“I can confirm that Simba Sithole is now our player for the 2020 season. He signed a one-year contract with an option to renew if we are impressed with his services,” said Vision’s acting spokesperson Juma Phiri.
Asked on what was behind their idea of recruiting a number of seasoned players, Phiri said:
“There is no substitute for experience and in our club we have lots of youngsters who believe will need guidance from these veteran players. A team wholly made up of young players cannot take us to the Promised Land.”
Sithole (31) — a forceful forward — joined South Africa’s Ajax Cape Town in early 2013 on a two-year deal after being spotted at the Chan tournament where he put in a workmanlike shift for the Warriors, scoring one goal in the quarter-final win over Mali.
He, however, did not complete a full season to join a growing list of local players who have been forced to retrace their roots home after being off-loaded by South African clubs.
Roderick Mutuma was also offloaded by South African Bloemfontein Celtic months after joining the Mzansi football outfit from Dynamos.
It was the same case for another former Ajax Cape Town player, Tafadzwa Rusike, ex-SuperSport United striker Simba Nhivi and former Moroka Swallows player Oscar Machapa who all were deemed surplus to requirements by their clubs in South Africa.
Former Highlanders dreadlocked midfielder Peter “Rio” Moyo also suffered a similar fate after his dream move to Mpumalanga Black Aces collapsed after a few months.
Just like Sithole, Moyo had been one of the stars for Zimbabwe at the 2013 Chan tournament.
The fact that the bald-headed Sithole penned a short term contract at Talen Vision buttresses the point that the age of professional soccer players and at which age professional soccer players peak is an important variable of interest not only to performance analysts and sport scientists, but also managers and coaches.