WHEN he scored what was Highlanders’ third goal of the season, the first in a winning cause, the first one after a 438 minutes wait at Barbourfields Stadium, Ray Lunga might have had some fans that had just come from their Sunday morning service reaching for their Bibles.
The pint-sized forward, so often the subject of ridicule because of his tiny frame, seemed to be indeed Zacchaeus, a man shamed and shunned but who in the end emerged covered in glory.
When the whistle sounded after 90 minutes, breaking Bosso’s winless eight-game streak after 63 days of anguish, the team’s fans celebrated as if they had just witnessed the walls of Jericho fall.
And they had Lunga to thank for it and just like the biblical Zacchaeus, a rich tax collector, Lunga who is affectionately known as “Ndorindori” to the Bosso faithful, completed the astonishment by being showered with cash by overjoyed Bosso fans.
Like an eager Zacchaeus, Ndorindori as a player chose Emagumeni-the big stage- to catch the attention of the Bosso family that sometimes failed to appreciate his ability.
A school of thought with regards to the player’s wanting body mass index was already in motion.
Consequently, we wonder if with that kind of scorn, ridicule that can be likened to what Zacchaeus the Jewish tax collector was subjected to, Ndorindori did not consider himself inconsequential to the hard-to-please Bosso family.
On Sunday 26 May, 2019, everyone in the black white camp chose to be associated with Lunga. Probably at the top of his voice the pint -sized Lunga proclaimed: “Look Bosso! Here and now, I will give my best for the benefit of this struggling club.”
Bosso technical manager, Madinda Ndlovu, has happily made it known that salvation has come to his charges, courtesy of Lunga’s priceless 18th minute strike when they played Premier Soccer League newbies, TelOne.
Just like Zacchaeus, Lunga, has responded to his critics with a positive approach and ahead of their Week 10 league fixture against ZPC Kariba at Barbourfields Stadium he says:
“l was happy to be given that chance to be in the team. But you know we have a strong squad and everyone is capable of doing the job whengiven a chance. We don’t want to put pressure on ourselves, we want to take one game at a time. So now we are looking forward to the next game.”
Enough of Bosso Zacchaeus, in comes the story of Moses Jackson who leads his Chicken Inn troops in a big battle against in-form log leaders, Caps United, at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Makepekepe are in a merciless mood and in their last fixture they accounted for Hwange on a 0-3 scoreline at Colliery Stadium while Gamecocks were held to a nil-all draw by Black Rhinos.
Former champions, Dynamos, invade Mandava Stadium to face FC Platinum.
Luveve Stadium will be the venue for the game between Bulawayo Chiefs and Ngezi Platinum Stars. Bruised Hwange take on struggling Mark Harrison’s Harare City.
TelOne will hope to recover from their one-nil loss at the hands of Bosso when they do battle with Chapungu at Mandava Stadium on Sunday.
Week 10 Fixtures
Bulawayo Chiefs v Ngezi Platinum Stars (Luveve Stadium), FC Platinum v Dynamos (Mandava Stadium), Black Rhinos v Herentals (National Sports Stadium), Harare City v Hwange (Rufaro Stadium), Manica Diamonds v Yadah FC (Gibbo Stadium)
Triangle v Mushowani Stars (Gibbo Stadium), Highlanders v ZPC Kariba (Barbourfields Stadium), Chapungu v TelOne (Mandava Stadium), Caps United v Chicken Inn (National Sports Stadium).