THE soccer pride from the coal mining town, Hwange Football Club, might be limping between relegation and survival but probably the gloss for the year as it ends for the soccer loving fans in that town would be the blockbuster Marvellous Nakamba switch to Aston Villa.
With probably a rich history of poorly documented football prowess not only in the town but in the country, one may struggle to reach the count of 10 with Nakamba topping the list of exports such as former Hwange striker Anthony Sibanda, Obert Moyo, Fabian Zulu and yes those other names you have.
But alas such a list would have never reached somewhere near Eswatini but if it did it wouldn’t have known much of one of the few if not only little export to Italy, let alone the equivalent regional league of that country in Takawira Chimwanda.
And when he seemingly took a “sabbatical” as we called it in our last subscription we probably thought he had trekked back to Zimbabwe but alas a five minutes post 1-0 Moneni Pirates victory over Piggs Peak Black Swallows at Killarney Stadium last Sunday penned out another leaf.
“After turning out for Manzini Wanderers and Mbabane Highlanders I tried to push my game to another level and landed in Italy where I played in the regional division of that country for a team called Este. It was not with much prominence but that I played there is satisfactory for my career especially for someone coming from Hwange.
“After my contract there I returned to Eswatini joining Moneni Pirates, a team mixed with mostly young players and a few experienced players. If you look at the supply chain of players the team is more developmental but as senior players we try to instil the winning mentality in our younger brothers.
“This season we are happy with our progress. It will be premature to say we are title contenders given that we are in fourth position on the log standings but should opportunities to go for the title come by we will maximise,” said Chimwanda who plays more as a defensive midfielder.
Born and bred in Hwange’s Lwendulu Village (C Section), Chimwanda cut his soccer teeth at Hwange Football Club before turning out for ZPC Hwange. He then unsuccessfully tried to break through the Highlanders ranks before trekking to Eswatini.
He spent three seasons at Manzini Wanderers before spending two seasons at Mbabane Highlanders joining the likes of Hloniphani Ndebele, Master Masiku and Marshall Machazane.