HIGHLANDERS veteran goalkeeper Ariel “Mangoye” Sibanda converted his 13th career penalty at Bosso last Sunday when his club edged Bulawayo City one nil in a Chibuku Super Cup group two encounter played at Barbourfields Stadium.
Bosso were awarded a penalty after their lanky striker Washington Navaya was brought down in the box as he charged towards goal. Sibanda beat an impressive Bhekimpilo Ncube who had done well to keep Highlanders at bay for the better part of the match and almost earned his team a crucial point.
Sibanda, a former Zimbabwe youth international, has been given responsibility to take penalties at the Bulawayo giants 14 times.
He has failed to convert from 12 yards only on one occasion and that was in 2015 when his effort was saved by Tafadzwa Dube, then with Harare City, at Barbourfields Stadium.
“Being a penalty taker is a huge responsibility but as the captain of the team I had to step forward as I wanted to make sure the entire Highlanders family becomes happy. It feels good to achieve such at your club. Once again, I will say this is not a small achievement for me. I will keep on working hard and credit goes to everyone at Bosso. It’s very rare for a goalkeeper to make such a particular achievement,” said Sibanda.
The reigning Zimbabwe Goalkeeper of the Year is on record saying: “I usually have penalty take workouts twice a week. I’m glad that at the moment, I have just become a first choice with regards to taking penalties at the club. I think it is just a duty that I will seek to always do well.”
In 2019, the Bosso goalie further proved his goalkeeping prowess by saving four penalties for the Bulawayo giants in a season that he had scored three from the spot to then take his penalty career goal tally to 12 from 13 attempts.
It is Mangoye’s consistency in Bosso colours that has kept his admirers talking good about him and it is no wonder that he recently bounced back into the senior national team fold after eight years of absence.
“I had last done duty for the national team in 2012 but I never lost hope. I kept on working hard. It is also through the encouragement and prayers that I have been getting from Madzibaba Mutumwa that kept me going. I’m grateful to him and also grateful to my club and national team coaches,” said the soft-spoken goalie.
The 31-year-old Sibanda, has been a regular visitor at Madzibaba Emmanuel Mutumwa’s Selbourne Park shrine where he has continuously received his prophecies and prayers from the cleric while spotting white robes.
Sibanda, who has worn no other jersey except the Highlanders stripe and has kissed no other club badge except the famous “Siyinqaba” inscribed shield and arrow logo in his 12 years Premiership career, is heavily tipped to play a big part in Bosso’s 2021 league campaign together with club returnees Peter Muduhwa and Joel “Josta” Ngodzo, Nqobizitha Masuku, Mbongeni Ndlovu, Bukhosi Sibanda and veteran new signing Winston Mhango.